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One of the best bowl games of the season could be upon us on Saturday when No. 10 Penn State and No. 11 Ole Miss meet in the 2023 Peach Bowl. It's been a chore to slow down the Rebels' high-octane offense this season, but the Nittany Lions' defense has been one of the best and most consistent units in the country for most of the season.

This is the second time in three seasons the Rebels have been to a New Year's Six bowl under coach Lane Kiffin. The only two losses they suffered in 2023 were to Alabama and Georgia – the two participants in this season's SEC Championship Game and winners of the last three College Football Playoff National Championships. With Kiffin, this team is on the verge of real title contention, and a win on the big stage on Saturday could accelerate that path.

Speaking of being on the brink, Penn State's only two losses this season came against Michigan and Ohio State – both of which entered the final weekend of the regular season undefeated. Coach James Franklin's team reached a New Year's Six bowl for the fifth time in 10 seasons with a phenomenal defense, and a win could lay the foundation for playoff appearances in the 12-team era that begins in 2024.

What will happen in Atlanta? Let's break the game down and make a selection.

Follow along as Penn State and Ole Miss meet in the 2023 Peach Bowl on Saturday with LIVE UPDATES.

Here's how to watch Peach Bowl live

Date: Saturday December 30th | Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Georgia
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Penn State vs. Ole Miss: Need to know

The explosiveness of Jaxson Dart: The Rebels' signal-caller is choosing to return to Oxford next season rather than head to the NFL or the transfer portal, and Saturday's game could put him in the early discussion for the 2024 Heisman Trophy. He obviously has the arm strength and weapons to do damage down the field, but he has also been the focal point of the ground game at times this season. He's carried the ball at least 10 times in five of the Rebels' 12 games this season, and Kiffin is known for going wild with his playcalling in front of the world.

“Obviously you look at his numbers,” Franklin said of Dart. “He put up really good numbers in the passing game in terms of yards per attempt, completion percentage and touchdown-interception ratio. He's also a guy who can beat you with his mind and his decision-making, with his arm and his accuracy, but then also with his feet. They are a challenging offense. You need your athleticism. You need their speed. They are one of the better offenses we have seen this year. So it will be a challenge. Lanes I've always done a really good job, especially on that side of the ball, so it's going to be a challenge.

Penn State's defense has historically been consistent, but this is a daunting challenge for a unit that will be without star defender Chop Robinson

Can Penn State's offensive line hold up? Penn State's offensive line has been rock solid virtually all season. She allowed just 3.83 tackles for loss per game (10th nationally) and helped the Nittany Lions gain 186.67 yards per game on the ground. It will face an Ole Miss defensive front designed to wreak havoc in opponents' backfields.

“Yes, we've said repeatedly in bowl prep that they're a very versatile team and play a lot of odd and even fronts,” Penn State quarterback Drew Allar said. “That’s why we have to be strict with communication up front, whether it’s executing blocking schemes or pass protection.”

The last thing Penn State needs is Allar running for his life. In his first year as a starter, he is among the worst quarterbacks in the country in completion percentage despite facing pressure (35.9%).

Will the Nittany Lions finally expand the field? Speaking of Allar, the Nittany Lions signal caller has yet to truly unleash the ball. Against AP Top 25 opponents, he averages just 6.7 yards per pass attempt and just 4.2 yards per attempt. Simply put, Franklin didn't take off his training wheels in big games.

However, Penn State released him in the regular season finale against Michigan State, when he averaged 11.2 yards per attempt in a 42-0 win over the Spartans. Did that set the tone for the future? Franklin fired offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich in November, and a big day from Allar could signal what Penn State will look like in 2024.

Peach Bowl Prediction, Tips

SportsLine consensus odds

Styles lead to battles, and Ole Miss will dictate the style from the start. Kiffin will have a lot of tricks up his sleeve and the pace at which he wears down opposing defenses will be too much for the Nittany Lions. Expect Dart to light up Penn State in the second half and pull his team off an upset in the Peach Bowl. Selection: Ole Miss ML

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