Vanderbilt, Mississippi fight for bowl eligibility

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Many football programs in the Southeastern Conference win so often it's easy to take bowl eligibility for granted.

Vanderbilt and Mississippi are not among them.

The Commodores (5-4, 2-3 SEC) travel to face the Rebels (5-4, 2-3) on Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. One team will leave bowl eligible and know the postseason is almost certainly in its future.

Vanderbilt is trying to become bowl eligible in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history. Ole Miss hasn't been to the postseason since 2009.

The game appears most crucial for Ole Miss. If the Rebels don't beat Vanderbilt, they'll have to try for their sixth victory against either LSU or Mississippi State, two teams that are currently in the national rankings.

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