Music City Bowl scores an intriguing match-up

A pair of 7-5 teams — Ole Miss and Georgia Tech — will square off in the 2013 Music City Bowl, which has the potential to be a sneakily enjoyable lower-tier bowl.

It just depends on which Rebels and which Yellow Jackets show up at LP Field.

Will the Ole Miss that thrilled on Opening Thursday against Vandy show up?  Will it be the team that rolled over Texas or will it be the one that rolled over for Alabama, Auburn and Missouri? 

Much has been made of Rebels' coach Huge Freeze's outstanding recruiting class and one player to watch is freshman wide out Laquon Treadwell, who ended up as quarterback Bo Wallace's favorite target.

It's a team that can certainly put up points when it needs to — the Rebs scored 30-plus points seven times and more than 50 twice.

On the other side is Paul Johnson and his triple option offense. But the Jackets were just as up and down as Ole Miss. Sophomore quarterback Van Lee ran Johnson's option with aplomb at times, even adding a downfield passing element that made an already-difficult to coach against system that much more perplexing.

But Lee nearly lost his job in the midseason as the Jackets followed a three-game winning streak with a three-game loser (and then another three-game winner).

Both Ole Miss and Georgia Tech ended the season with sad-sack overtime losses to in-state rivals. Could they come to Nashville looking for redemption?

If the good Rebels and the good Jackets show up, the afternoon of Dec. 30 will be delightful.