Sugar Bowl Prediction: # 8 Ole Miss vs # 7 Baylor

The Sugar Bowl is one of the most intriguing games of the bowl season. No.7 Baylor (11-2) and No.8 Ole Miss (10-2) both come into the game with four-game winning streaks that included huge wins. For Baylor, it was the Big 12 title win over Oklahoma State, and for Ole Miss, it was a convincing win over Texas A&M.

Each team will look to approach the offseason as a hot schedule that will ensure a final Top 10 ranking and eventual pre-season Top 10 ranking in 2022.

Here are the predictions of the Irish Breakdown team.


Prediction: Ole Miss 27, Baylor 17

Baylor have been a solid defensive team all season and the Rebels played much better defense throughout the final stretch, allowing just 17.8 points in their last four games, which included wins over Texas A&M, Mississippi. State and Liberty.

Ole Miss has been an explosive offense in the first five games of the season, but has averaged just 27.6 points in the last five games. Rebels were able to regain health during downtime and quarterback Matt Corral decided to play in the Sugar Bowl. That decision from Corral made me respect him a lot, and I see him come out on a high note, even against a defense like Baylor’s.

The Bears are a fundamentally strong and physical football team, but I’m not sure if they have enough firepower to beat the Rebels. It’ll be competitive throughout, but I expect Ole Miss to come out this one with a solid fourth quarter.


Prediction: Ole Miss 31, Baylor 24

I think this one could be a really fun game to watch and I’m looking forward to it. I love what Baylor brings to the table on both sides of the ball, but I also LOVE watching Lane Kiffin’s offense get to work. I think Kiffin’s offense will be too much for the Baylor Bears in this one. The Ole Miss defense will also be a country heard as I think they will give some shortfields to the offense and in turn some easy scores.


Prediction: Baylor 45, Ole Miss 27

Ole Miss is one of the weirder double-digit winning teams I’ve seen. There are holes everywhere. Without a lot of high-quality analysis Baylor is just a better football team.

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