Where is Lane Kiffin headed next? To the New Year’s Six with Ole Miss

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The only method to make this Egg Bowl success any much better for Ole Miss would have been if coach Lane Kiffin pledged to obstruct call from Florida and Louisiana location codes and signed a life time promise to the Rebels.

Kiffin’s stock skyrockets while several marquee programs hunt for their next coach, however let the handwringing over Kiffin’s future wait simply a minute.

Relish this sweet flight, Rebels. How sweet? Maybe Sugar Bowl sweet.

No. 8 Ole Miss matched a program record for single-season triumphes with its 31-21 accomplishment versus Mississippi State on Thursday at Davis Wade Arena amidst cold, rainy, windy conditions.

If the 12-team playoff that college football authorities have actually disputed these past a number of months remained in location today, the Rebels (10-2, 6-2 SEC) would be playoff bound. As it stands, they wait for a Brand-new Year’s 6 bowl quote after putting 2nd in the country’s most rugged department.

For Mississippi State (7-5, 4-4), a couple of what-could-have-been minutes kept a great season from ending up being a fantastic one.

Mississippi head coach Lane Kiffin walks off the field after a 31-21 victory against Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.

Mississippi head coach Lane Kiffin strolls off the field after a 31-21 success versus Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.

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The Bulldogs’ defense very well included among the country’s finest offenses for 3 quarters, however Mississippi State misused one chance after another when it had belongings. Each of MSU’s 4 first-half belongings advanced to a minimum of the Ole Miss 22-yard line, however 6 halftime points and a set of missed out on basket were all the Bulldogs needed to reveal.

Will Rogers toppled an open Makai Polk in the end zone on one red-zone chance that developed into 3 points. Right before halftime, Jo’quavious Marks and Lideatrick Griffin dropped what need to have been goal receptions on back-to-back plays prior to Nolan McCord cruised a field-goal effort large amidst a swirling rain.

When Mississippi State had an opportunity to cut the Rebels’ result in one belongings in the 3rd quarter, 2 successive holding charges hindered the drive, which ended when Sam Williams sacked Rogers on 4th down.

Kiffin and his star quarterback Matt Corral bring in a great deal of appreciation, justifiably so, however how about some gratitude for the Ole Miss defense? This system ranked amongst the country’s worst last season. Now, it’s reasonable to middling — a functional enhance to Ole Miss’ high-scoring offense.

The Rebels’ protective formula Thursday was to drop 8 protectors into protection, make Rogers total brief passes beneath, and wait on Mississippi State to unwind at a loss zone.

Corral and his partners looked after the rest.

I don’t believe Corral’s 229 backyards passing and 45 hurrying sufficed to develop him as the preferred for the Heisman Prize — eyes will be on Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and a couple of others this weekend — however he as soon as again showed himself as one difficult client.

With Ole Miss’ run video game stalled early in the very first half, Corral made himself as the Rebels’ shoulder-lowering damaging ram. He protected the success in the 4th quarter by spinning into completion zone on a 3-yard run.

The Egg Bowl typically takes college football’s spotlight on Thanksgiving, although brawls or celebratory shenanigans have actually been understood to eclipse the on-field efficiency.

Not this time.

This was a slugfest in between 2 increasing programs amidst nasty weather condition. A couple hours prior to kickoff, a fan strolled down a walkway near the arena. As rain fell on him, he held a Bud Light in one hand and a bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon in the other, as if to state that this match was produced some double-fisting enjoyable. Even 45 minutes prior to kickoff, a din of clanging cowbells filled the arena.

Ole Miss wilted in severe roadway environments previously this season – initially in a three-touchdown loss at Alabama, later on in a two-score loss at Auburn.

Not on this night.

The Golden Egg will stay with the Rebels, and the Lane Train rumbles towards the New Year’s 6.

Blake Toppmeyer is an SEC Writer for the U.S.A. TODAY Network. Email him at BToppmeyer@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @btoppmeyer.

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