Sugar Bowl Game Preview

By EFN Staff
Published: 12/29/2015

Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2) vs. Ole Miss Rebels (9-3)

Bowl Game: Sugar Bowl
Kickoff Time: Friday, January 1, 8:30 PM
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

No. 16 Oklahoma State was one of the surprises of the season before losses in its last two games knocked them out of College Football playoff contention. No. 12 Ole Miss was the only team to defeat playoff contender Alabama, but could not capitalize on that win and finished 9-3.

Players to watch
  • Cowboys wide receiver James Washington led the team with 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns on 52 receptions.
  • Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly threw for 3,740 yards and 27 touchdowns, while also leading the team with 10 rushing scores.

Key Stats

  • Cowboys quarterbacks Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh combined for a 63.1 percent completion rate, 4,288 yards passing and 35 touchdowns against only 10 interceptions.
  • These two schools have met twice, with Ole Miss winning in the 2004 as well as the 2010 Cotton Bowls.
  • Oklahoma State is 16-9 all-time in bowl games, and has won four of its last five appearances.
  • The Cowboys rank ninth in the FBS in scoring offense, averaging 41.2 points per game, while Ole Miss ranks 12th averaging 40.3.
  • Ole Miss is 5-3 in Sugar Bowl appearances, with only LSU and Alabama appearing in the game more times.
  • The Cowboys are playing in the Sugar Bowl for the first time since 1945.


  • Rudolph is questionable with a foot injury.
  • Ole Miss defensive end Fadol Brown is doubtful with a foot injury.
  • Rebels safety Tony Conner is likely out with a knee injury.