Ole Miss player on beating Indiana in Outback Bowl: 'The competition we’re playing in the SEC is just a bit different'
Add another chapter to the ongoing feud between the SEC and B1G. Ole Miss linebacker MoMo Sanogo inadvertently weighed in on the continuing battle over conference superiority in college football.
To close out the 2020 season, Ole Miss posted an impressive and surprising 26-20 victory over Indiana in the Outback Bowl. The Hoosiers concluded the season with a 6-1 record in the B1G, with the only loss coming to Ohio State on the road. Lane Kiffin’s Rebels, on the other hand, finished the year with a 4-5 record, needing a postseason win to finish .500.
While a lot of the college football world was surprised by the outcome in Tampa, Sanogo wasn’t. He indicated that the grind in the SEC is a lot tougher than what IU endured in the B1G.
“(Indiana) was dominating in the Big Ten, and then they come in and play an SEC team. They were mad. They didn’t even want to play us. They’re like, ‘They don’t deserve to play us,’” Ole Miss linebacker MoMo Sanogo said on The Saturday Down South Podcast. “Then we go out and beat them, and it’s not for lack of being prepared. The competition we’re playing (in the SEC) is just a bit different, and that was a cool opportunity to really show that.”
Last season, the B1G was said to have a “down year” because of lackluster years from traditional power programs such as Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin. The Badgers were the only team of the three to finish the year with a winning record.
Ignored were the strong performances from Ohio State, which finished 7-1 and reached the national championship, Northwestern (7-2) and Indiana (6-2). The Hoosiers blew a big opportunity by falling to Ole Miss in the Outback Bowl, but the Wildcats did defeat Auburn in the Citrus Bowl to give the B1G a tally over the SEC in the postseason.
Still, like Sanogo, many point to Indiana’s loss to a .500 Ole Miss team and consider it evidence that the SEC is significantly better than the B1G.