Rebels in high cotton

OXFORD — University of Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt was already in the Christmas mood Sunday afternoon, bounding out of the team meeting room with a smile and this proclamation.

“Hey, hey! Ho-ho! Ole Miss to the Cotton Bowl!”
The Rebels learned Sunday they will, indeed, head to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in their first postseason invitation since 2003.
Ole Miss (8-4), the 20th-ranked team in the nation, will face No. 8 ranked Texas Tech (11-1), a member of the Big 12 Conference that was the top-ranked team in the nation earlier in the season.
“It’s an awesome challenge, but what an opportunity as well,” Nutt said.