Best Magnolia Bowl Matchup in Years

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The Ole Miss Rebels will hit the road this week as they visit Tiger Stadium to face off against LSU in the Magnolia Bowl. The Rebels are coming off a 34-3 victory against the Tennessee Volunteers this past Saturday, a game in which they actually trailed 3-0 early in the second quarter but responded with 34 unanswered points for the win.
The median price for LSU vs. Ole Miss football tickets is currently $158, marking it as one of the most expensive games of Week 9 of the college football season. It is not the most expensive game remaining on the home LSU football schedule, however, as in a little over two weeks they will host the Alabama Crimson Tide.

LSU Preview

The Tigers are coming off a convincing 41-3 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats last week which was enough to put them back into the top-25 in the Associated Press Poll. Currently the 24th ranked team in the country, LSU has lost just twice this season, most recently on the road against Auburn. LSU’s other loss was a 34-29 defeat at home against Mississippi State. So their two losses have come to the currently ranked 1st and 5th ranked teams in the nation.

Ole Miss Preview

Ole Miss will have its hands full with the 24th ranked Tigers.
The Rebels are the 3rd ranked team in the country, trailing just Mississippi State and Florida State. Quarterback Bo Wallace has been a revelation this season, throwing for 1,899 yards thus far along with 17 touchdowns. He was particularly impressive on October 4th when the Rebels defeated Alabama when he threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning toss with less than three minutes to go in the game.

SEC West Outlook

Saturday will mark the 102nd meeting between the Ole Miss Rebels and the LSU Tigers. But it will be the first time in decade that Ole Miss enters Death Valley with its national title hopes still alive. Despite losing 2 SEC games this season, LSU still has a chance to win the SEC West. They will need a little help, but beating Ole Miss would leave just 1 undefeated team left in the division.

If the Rebels can hold off LSU (they are currently just a 3.5 point favorite in the game) on the road, they’ll have just one more game away from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this season. They’ll need to go to Arkansas on November 22nd, but the remainder of their schedule will be home with games against Auburn, Presbyterian, and Mississippi State. Currently, the average price for Egg Bowl tickets is $586 on the secondary market. If both Ole Miss and Mississippi State can maintain their undefeated records entering the November 29th game, there’s a good chance that price will increase even more.

This week, Ole Miss joined Auburn, Alabama, and Mississippi State as four SEC West teams are all ranked in the top 5 of the country. The Rebels still have to play Auburn and Mississippi State (same as Alabama) while Auburn will need to face Ole Miss, Alabama, as well as 9th ranked Georgia and Mississippi State will have to play Alabama and Ole Miss. With so many games remaining between the four teams, it’s difficult to see a situation with all four teams maintaining their status within the top-5, but it’s clear the SEC West is the toast of college football right now.
For Ole Miss, their road to the College Football Playoffs will eventually need to go through Auburn and Mississippi State, but for now, they need to get through LSU.

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