Lane Kiffin must have loved watching Peyton and Eli Manning call the game “Monday Night Football” because he wants to see more of it.
Specifically, he wants to see the Manning brothers return to their alma maters for the next clash with the SEC on Oct. 16, when Tennessee plays host to Ole Miss.
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For Monday’s Ravens-Raiders game, Peyton and Eli were on call on ESPN2 and provided a different brand of commentary. There were jokes and analysis as the two broke up the wild match.
The Mannings are on the call for nine more NFL games this season and 10 in each of the next two years. They are not currently scheduled for any college football game.
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Peyton was Tennessee’s quarterback from 1994 to 1997, and ended his career having completed 62.5% of his passes for 11,201 yards, 89 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. He was second in the Heisman Trophy vote in 1997 when he threw 36 touchdowns to 11 interceptions with 3,819 passing yards. The Colts drafted him first overall the following summer. During his Tennessee career, he faced Ole Miss twice and won both times, first 41-3 in 1996, then 31-17 in 1997.
Eli, like his father Archie Manning, went to Ole Miss, where he played from 2000 to 2003, taking on the titular role after his first season. He threw for at least 3,000 passing yards in each of his junior and senior years and completed 31 second-year touchdown passes and 29 senior touchdown passes. He finished his career with a 60.8% completion percentage with 81 touchdowns and 35 picks before being drafted No. 1 in 2004 by the Chargers. Eli has never faced Tennessee in his Rebels career.
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Tennessee and Ole Miss have met only four times since 2000, with the Vols having won only once. The Volunteers have the all-time advantage with a 44-19-1 record.
Kiffin is in his second year as Ole Miss’s head coach after leading the show at Florida Atlantic from 2017 to 2019. Kiffin memorably left Tennessee after a season as a coach with USC, triggering a virtual riot on campus when he left.