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Sugar Bowl pits No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole Miss

December 5, 2021 GMT
Baylor running back Abram Smith (7) runs the ball as quarterback Blake Shapen (12) looks on against Oklahoma State in the first half of an NCAA college football game for the Big 12 Conference championship in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Tim Heitman)
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Baylor running back Abram Smith (7) runs the ball as quarterback Blake Shapen (12) looks on against Oklahoma State in the first half of an NCAA college football game for the Big 12 Conference championship in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Tim Heitman)
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Baylor running back Abram Smith (7) runs the ball as quarterback Blake Shapen (12) looks on against Oklahoma State in the first half of an NCAA college football game for the Big 12 Conference championship in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Tim Heitman)

SUGAR BOWL

No. 6 Baylor (11-2, Big 12) vs No. 8 Mississippi (10-2, SEC), Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m.

LOCATION: New Orleans.

TOP PLAYERS

Baylor: RB Abram Smith, 1,429 yards rushing, 12 touchdowns.

Mississippi: QB Matt Corral, 3,936 total yards, 31 touchdowns.

NOTABLE

Baylor: The Bears won the Big 12 championship game on Saturday, 21-16 over Oklahoma State.

Mississippi: Capped its first 10-win regular season in program history with a 31-21 triumph over Mississippi State and finished second in the SEC West.

LAST TIME

Baylor 20, Mississippi 10 (Sept. 6, 1975).

BOWL HISTORY

Baylor: Third appearance in the Sugar Bowl and second in three seasons; 26th bowl overall.

Mississippi: Ninth appearance in the Sugar Bowl and second in six seasons; 39th bowl overall.

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