5 reasons Ole Miss-TCU is the best bowl game this year
In case you missed the collective “Ooooo…” around the college football world, that was every fan looking forward to the matchup up in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between No. 9 Ole Miss and No. 6 TCU.
It’s nation’s second-ranked scoring offense against the top scoring defense.
As we all anticipate New Year’s Eve’s showdown, Saturday Down South offers five reasons Ole Miss-TCU is the best game of this bowl season.
5. Two of the best players at their positions featured
This game features two of college football’s best players at their respective positions in TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson.
Boykin has had a sensational season for the Horned Frogs. The junior signal-caller has thrown for 3,714 yards and 30 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Boykin is completing 61 percent of his passes, and does a great job at spreading the ball around to his weapons. He also possesses the speed to get TCU out of negative plays and make something happen with his feet.
Golson has been the cornerstone of the Ole Miss secondary this season, intercepting a nation-best nine passes. The senior is not a lock-down cover corner, but boasts as good a ball skills as any player in the country. Yes, Golson in undersized, but can fight over taller receivers to make plays on the ball.
4. Strength against strength
As mentioned above, TCU ranks second in the country in scoring offense averaging more than 45 points per game. The Horned Frogs are amassing more than 540 yards of total offense per game. The offense — led by co-offensive coordinators Doug Meachum and Sonny Cumbie — is as explosive as any in the country.
On the opposite side of the ball, Ole Miss boasts the country’s top scoring defense, surrendering just 13.8 points per game. The Rebels don’t have a flaw on defense, with a stout front seven and a bruising secondary.
For those who enjoy the best squaring off against the best, you’ll want to watch the Rebels and Horned Frogs.
3. Top-1o matchup
This game will prove how both Ole Miss and TCU stacks up nationally. The Rebels rose as high as No. 3 in the College Football Playoff Top 25 this season, while the Horned Frogs hovered around the top four all season long, before being dropped out on the final weekend of the season.
A win for either team is a huge boost to its resume, and will have a huge affect on how Ole Miss and TCU approach 2015.
2. Great coaching matchup
This game features two of the best coaches in the SEC and Big 12, both of who have lifted programs to new heights.
TCU’s Gary Patterson has done a great job leading the Horned Frogs from Conference-USA to the Mountain West Conference to now in the Big 12. After a disastrous 4-8 season in 2013, Patterson changed his offensive scheme with the hirings of Meachum and Cumbie. An 11-1 campaign has vaulted TCU back into the national spotlight.
In Oxford, Hugh Freeze has resurrected a program that stayed in the middle of the pack in the SEC since David Cutcliffe and Eli Manning led the Rebels to a 10-win season in 2003. Freeze has brought consensus top-1o recruiting classes in, lifting the talent level and made the Rebels a legitimate threat in the SEC West.
1. TCU out for blood after CFP snub
Just more than a week ago, the Horned Frogs sat securely at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Or so they thought. Win and you’re in, right? Wrong.
Even a 55-3 win over Iowa State wasn’t enough as the TCU fell from No. 3 to No. 6 on Selection Sunday, sending it to Atlanta to face the Rebels.
Ole Miss will get TCU’s best shot. Patterson, Boykin and company will be hungry. Will the Rebels match their level of intensity?