The 2016 game is the first in a multi-year agreement between FCSports and ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, to host a major neutral-site college football game in the Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium during the opening weekend of the college football season.
This will be the seventh neutral site game for the Seminoles in Orlando as they have posted wins over Memphis State (1990), Virginia Tech (1991), Notre Dame (1994), Duke (1995) and Wake Forest (1996) while tying Stetson in The City Beautiful in 1952.
To date, Ole Miss has no previous appearances in either of the Orlando’s two bowl games. The game will be the first regular-season appearance by a Southeastern Conference (SEC) team since September 28, 1991, when Florida defeated Mississippi State, 29-7 in front of a crowd of 69,328.
This will be the second time the Seminoles and Rebels square off on the gridiron. Ole Miss earned a 33-0 victory at home in the only other meeting (1961).