There are a lot of signs that point to Birmingham for the Ole Miss bowl experience. I just got off the phone with Mark Meadows, the executive director of the BBVA Compass Bowl.
There are nine bowl-eligible teams in the SEC, Ole Miss becoming the ninth on Saturday with its 41-24 win over Mississippi State.
Sometimes the landscape changes when two conference teams are playing in BCS bowl games as will be the case this season. Sometimes deals get done and favors change hands to benefit a school or a bowl game that result in a team playing in a different “slot” among the SEC tie-ins than its record might suggest.
Here’s Meadows: “We share the eighth and ninth pick with the Liberty Bowl. This year we actually pick ahead of the Liberty Bowl. With Ole Miss becoming bowl-eligible on Saturday it did assure us of having an SEC team in our game. We certainly are very interested in Ole Miss being here. I don’t know of any scenario where we would take another team in place of Ole Miss.”
The game is Jan. 5. Tickets shouldn’t be a problem. Legion Field seats around 55,000 on its east and west sides, additional seating is available in the end zones if needed.
Tickets start at $50 on the sidelines and are $30 in the end zone corners. There’s more information at BBVACompassBowl.com.