WATCH: Kiffin talks about Sugar Bowl berth, previews matchup vs. Baylor

After registering its first 10-win regular season in program history, Ole Miss has accepted an invitation to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Jan. 1, 2022. The Rebels will face Big 12 champion Baylor (11-2, 7-2 Big 12), with the contest slated for a 7:45 PM kick on ESPN.

“We are honored to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and continue our rich bowl tradition in one of the premier postseason destinations,” said Keith Carter, Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics. “I’m proud of our student-athletes and coaches for their dedication and hard work, and they are very deserving of this opportunity to compete on the national stage. “As our fans have showed in the past, Rebel Nation will show up in full force and turn New Orleans into Oxford South.”

“We are taking another big step in our growth toward being a championship program by earning a New Year’s Six berth in the Allstate Sugar Bowl,” said Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin. “I’m excited for our players to compete in one of the most tradition-rich bowls against a premier program in Baylor. We look forward to representing our university and the Southeastern Conference on this national platform.”

Coach Kiffin met with the media for the official announcement via Zoom Sunday afternoon. Video is courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics.