Minnesota was crowned as national champion by both major polls before the bowl games; the final polls were not released after the bowls on a permanent basis until 1963. It is very likely that the Rebels would have been named national champion by at least one poll, if not both, had the polls been released after the bowl games, since they were the only undefeated major-conference team in the nation.
In the Egg Bowl, Ole Miss beat Mississippi State, 35–9. Ole Miss held the lead in the series with 29 wins, 24 losses and 4 ties. In the Magnolia Bowl, Ole Miss tied LSU, 6–6. LSU held the lead in the series with 27 wins, 20 losses, and 2 ties.