Ole Miss prepares to take on Baylor in the Allstate Sugar Bowl

Bowl season is in full stride this week with the College Football Playoff semifinal games taking place tomorrow and the remainder of the traditional New Year’s Six Bowls happening all day Saturday.

Ole Miss will be representing the Magnolia State January 1st, squaring off against Baylor in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The Rebels arrived in New Orleans yesterday and held practice in the Superdome today.

In recent years it has become common for players to sit out of bowl games to begin preparing for the NFL Draft.

Similarly, coaches have often moved on to their next destination, forgoing the post-season at their previous schools.

Neither is the case for Ole Miss, projected first round draft pick Matt Corral is finishing what he started.

The two-year starting quarterback wants not only to play with his teammates one last time, Corral wants one last chance to play for offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby, who recently took the OC job at Oklahoma. Corral said, “The trust, the respect, the loyalty of really just how both of our personalities are. It’s just the way we click together. Yeah, that’s a relationship I’ll have for the rest of my life and me and him both know that. And some of these– most of these moments that I’ve had at Ole Miss, most of them are going to be with Jeff Lebby, and Coach Kiffin, and this team that we have right now. And I wouldn’t trade the world for it.”

Coach Lebby said, “Being able to go back to Norman and see that part of it through, while at the same time knowing that I wanted to be here for Matt. I wanted to be here for all these guys to be able to go finish this thing the right way. Just a great opportunity for us to be able to win 11 games for the first time in the history of the school and that matters. So, it mattered to me to be here for them and that’s why I’m here.”

The Rebels and Bears kick things off at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, televised on ESPN.

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