The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will feature the ACC’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and SEC’s Mississippi Rebels, and not long after that announcement was made, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas gave their early take on a favorite.
Ole Miss has opened as a 3-point favorite across the board against the Yellow Jackets, with the over/under hovering around 56 points.
Being in Nashville, the game is in equal proximity to both Oxford, Ms. and Atlanta, Ga., so there is no real home-field advantage for either team. Both teams have an identical 7-5 record on the season, and both teams feature different strengths on offense and defense. The 3-point line may simply be because the Rebels come out of the SEC.
But in truth, the schedule strengths are very close for both teams. Both Georgia Tech and Mississippi are within five to six spots of each other in SOS ratings on several different ranking sites, so the perceived advantage of playing an SEC schedule really isn’t a factor in this game.
There isn’t a lot in terms of history to judge this game on either, as the Jackets and Rebels have only played each other three times (Georgia Tech leading 2-1) in their history, with the last game being an Ole Miss victory in the 1971 Peach Bowl.
Public perception and Georgia Tech’s lack of national recognition have as much to do with being a slight underdog as anything else, and the line may even shift closer to a pick-em before the game actually arrives.