The 2014 Peach Bowl was a college football bowl game that was played on December 31, 2014, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The 47th Peach Bowl was one of the "New Year's Six" bowl games in the College Football Playoff. It was one of the 2014–15 bowl games that concluded the 2014 FBS football season. The game started at 12:30 PM. It was televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and broadcast on ESPN Radio and XM Satellite Radio.
Sponsored by the Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise, the game was officially known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. This was the first time since 2005 that the game was called the Peach Bowl. Between 2006 and 2013 it was known as the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
|2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl|
|CFP Bowl Game|
47th Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
|Date||December 31, 2014|
|MVP||Offensive: TCU QB Trevone Boykin|
Defensive: TCU DE James McFarland
|Favorite||TCU by 4|
|Referee||Jerry Magallanes (ACC)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Joe Tessitore (play-by-play)|
Brock Huard (analyst)
Tim Tebow (analyst)
Shannon Spake (sideline reporter)
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee selected #6 TCU Horned Frogs and the #9 Ole Miss Rebels to participate in the game. TCU was the Big 12 Conference Co-Champions, while Ole Miss was an at-large team, finishing in 3rd place in the SEC West.
This was the seventh overall meeting between these two teams, with Ole Miss previously leading the series 5–1. The last time these two teams met was in 1983. These two teams have played each other in two bowl games previously, the 1948 Delta Bowl and the 1956 Cotton Bowl.
The Peach Bowl had long been one of the most prestigious non-major bowls. Its inclusion in the College Football Playoff marked its ascendance to major-bowl status.
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The 2014 Southeastern Conference football season began on August 28 with Texas A&M visiting South Carolina on the new SEC Network. This season will feature new inter-division rivalry games: Texas A&M-South Carolina and Arkansas-Missouri.2015 Ole Miss Rebels football team
The 2015 Ole Miss Rebels football team represented the University of Mississippi in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Rebels played their home games at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by fourth-year head coach Hugh Freeze.2015 TCU Horned Frogs football team
The 2015 TCU Horned Frogs football team represented Texas Christian University (TCU) in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The 120th TCU football team played as a member of the Big 12 Conference (Big 12), led by 15th-year head coach Gary Patterson. The Horned Frogs played their home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
TCU (11–2, 7–2) finished the season ranked #7 in the nation after a victory in the Alamo Bowl. The season marked the Horned Frogs' fifth top-10 finish and sixth top-15 finish in the last 8 seasons. The Horned Frogs notched their sixth 11+ win season in the last 8 years and their tenth 10+ win season in the 15-year Gary Patterson era.Gary Patterson
Gary Allen Patterson (born February 13, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at Texas Christian University and the winningest coach in Horned Frogs' history. Patterson has led the TCU Horned Frogs to six conference championships—one Conference USA title in 2002; four Mountain West Conference titles in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and one Big 12 Conference title in 2014—and nine bowl game victories—including victories in the 2011 Rose Bowl and 2014 Peach Bowl. His 2010 squad finished the season undefeated at 13–0 after a 21-19 Rose Bowl victory over the Wisconsin Badgers on New Year's Day 2011, and ranked second in the final tallying of both major polls. He is currently the second longest tenured coach with one FBS program, only behind Kirk Ferentz of the University of Iowa.History of Ole Miss Rebels football
The Ole Miss Rebels football team represents the University of Mississippi in the sport of American football. The Rebels compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The football team was the first in the state of Mississippi when it was formed in 1893. The program ranks 26th on the list of college football's all-time winning programs. Ole Miss claims three national championships (1959, 1960, 1962) and six SEC championships (1947, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962, 1963). The Rebels have been coached by Matt Luke since the 2017 season.Hugh Freeze
Danny Hugh Freeze Jr. (born September 27, 1969) is an American football coach. He is currently the head football coach at Liberty University.
A successful high school football coach at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee, Freeze coached Michael Oher and Greg Hardy. He subsequently served as the head football coach at Lambuth University from 2008 to 2009, Arkansas State University in 2011, and the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) from 2012 to 2016.
Under Freeze, the Ole Miss football program committed various recruiting and academic violations that figured in the NCAA's decision to expunge 33 of the team's victories and ban it from post-season play for two years.Freeze resigned from Ole Miss after officials discovered that he had used a university cellphone to call escort services multiple times over the course of five years.Mid-major
Mid-major is a term used in American NCAA Division I college sports, especially men's basketball, to refer to athletic conferences that are not among the so-called "Power Five conferences" (the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC, in the Big East, or in the American Athletic Conference. These conferences are sometimes referred to as "high majors" by comparison. The term "mid-major" was coined in 1977 by Jack Kvancz, head coach of Catholic University's men's basketball team. Such a distinction is not officially acknowledged by the NCAA, nor does the NCAA use the terms "major" and "mid-major" to differentiate between Division I athletic conferences. It is considered offensive and derogatory by some fans and schools.New Year's Six
The New Year's Six (NY6) bowls are the top six major NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision bowl games: the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl. The New Year's Six represent six of the ten oldest bowl games currently played at the FBS level. These six top-tier bowl games rotate the hosting of the two College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinal games, which determine the teams that play in the final College Football Playoff National Championship game. The rotation is set on a three-year cycle with the following pairings: Rose/Sugar, Orange/Cotton, and Fiesta/Peach.
The selection committee seeds and pairs the top four teams, and along with their final CFP rankings determine the participants for the other four non-playoff New Year's Six bowls that are not hosting the semifinals that year. These four non-playoff bowls are also referred to as the Selection Committee bowl games. These six games focus on the top 12 teams in the rankings; to date during the College Football Playoff era (2014 through 2018 seasons), of the 60 teams to play in a New Year's Six game, only six have been ranked lower than 12th.
Twelve schools are selected for these major, top tier bowls. These include the champions of the "Power Five" conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC). The highest-ranked champion from the "Group of Five" conferences (The American, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, and Sun Belt) is guaranteed a berth if the group's top team is not in the playoff.Ole Miss Rebels football
The Ole Miss Rebels football program represents the University of Mississippi, also known as "Ole Miss.” The Rebels compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The football history of Ole Miss includes the formation of the first football team in the state and the 26th team on the list of college football's all-time winning programs. The Rebels posted their 600th win on September 27, 2008, when they defeated the Florida Gators 31–30.Throughout the 115-year history of Ole Miss football, the Rebels have won six Southeastern Conference titles (1947, 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962, and 1963) and claim three national titles (1959, 1960, 1962). The team is currently coached by Matt Luke, who was interim head coach in 2017 and led the Rebels to a 6-6 record, including an Egg Bowl win over Mississippi State.
In 2019, the NCAA vacated 33 of the team's victories — nearly 5 percent of its total wins at the time — and levied a two-year ban on post-season play as punishment for recruiting and academic violations under head coaches Houston Nutt and Hugh Freeze.Paul Dawson (American football)
Paul Dawson (born January 13, 1993) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at TCU.Quincy Adeboyejo
Quincy Oluwadare Adeboyejo (born May 26, 1995) is an American football wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ole Miss.Stephen Gabbard
Stephen Gabbard, Jr. is an American football long snapper who is currently a free agent. Gabbard played college football for Florida State University, where his father, Steve, played defensive tackle. Gabbard was recruited to play for the Seminoles by Charles Kelly. Gabbard played high school football at Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was a first team All Big Bend and FACA All District player as a tight end (2013), rated the third-best long snapper in the nation by ESPN and rated a five-star snapper by Kohl's Kicking. Initially recruited by Missouri, Wake Forest and South Carolina, he later attracted interest from Auburn, Iowa State, Florida, North Carolina, South Florida and Stanford before committing to Florida State.Gabbard was the starting long snapper at Florida State all four years of his college career for a total of 53 consecutive games, including the ACC Championship (2014), Rose Bowl (2014), Peach Bowl (2015), Orange Bowl (2016) and Independence Bowl (2017). He was named Special Teams MVP in the Kickoff Classic vs Oklahoma State (2014) and named Top Newcomer/Special Teams at Florida State (2014).
Career highlights include snapping to kicker Roberto Aguayo in seasons in which Aguayo was named First Team All-American (2015) and Consensus All-American (2014), contributing to a season in which the punt team led the ACC and ranked 12th nationally (2015), and snapping to kicker Ricky Aguayo, who set the NCAA record for field goals made in a single game (6) by a freshman versus Ole Miss (2016). Gabbard also served as part of the special teams units that set the NCAA record for longest consecutive extra points made (Florida State).Trevone Boykin
Trevone Dequan Boykin (born August 22, 1993) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Texas Christian University (TCU), and was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2016.
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