Baylor’s goal line stand against Oklahoma State in the closing seconds of the Big 12 championship may turn out even sweeter Sunday.
Ole Miss is in a good spot, too, after Alabama handled Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Barring an unexpected twist, it will be the Bears vs. the Rebels in the 88th Sugar Bowl at the Caesars Superdome on Jan. 1.
Ole Miss (10-2) was No. 8 in the latest CFP rankings and Baylor (11-2) was No. 9. Neither appears likely to make the top four in the final rankings, leaving them as the top non-playoff teams from the two conferences that fill the Sugar Bowl slots.
Ole Miss was in the first CFP-era Sugar Bowl in 2016, defeating Oklahoma State 48-20. Baylor made the 2020 game, falling to Georgia 26-14.
The game would match two coaches who were both mentioned prominently in the LSU coaching search — former Tigers defensive coordinator Dave Aranda of Baylor and Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss. For now, both appear to be staying put.
It will be Ole Miss’ 10th Sugar Bowl appearance, tying the Rebels with Georgia for the third most. Baylor’s only previous appearance before the 2020 game was 1957.
The schools have met once previously in 1975 when Baylor won 20-10.