Ole Miss football is an exciting event to watch, and with the season just starting, fans have plenty of excitement to look forward to. Here’s a quick look at the teams you should focus on.
Storied teams are set to meet on Saturday in a highly-anticipated game. The Texas A&M Aggies are 3-4 on the season but will be trying to rebound from a 30-24 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks last week. In contrast, the Ole Miss Rebels are 7-1 and haven’t lost a game in nearly three weeks.
The Ole Miss Rebels are a run-heavy team. Texas A&M has the third-best running attack in the SEC but will have to keep Ole Miss’ backs under 200 yards.
Last season, the Aggies beat the Rebels 38-24. But they haven’t been at home in over six weeks. So this is the first time since 1979 that they’ll play their next game away from Kyle Field.
The Florida Gators will face the Ole Miss Rebels for the first time in more than two years when the two SEC East rivals head to head on Saturday at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Both teams come in looking to build off of a successful regular season. This matchup should be a contest.
While the Gators have a good mix of young and veteran players, they will have to find a way to replace production at several key positions. The offense should be better, but the defense must step up. Fortunately, several players are an excellent bet to impact this year significantly.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama and Ole Miss football will meet in Oxford on November 12. The two teams have not met since January 2016. Since 2004, the Crimson Tide has been 57-10-2 in their series. That includes a 20-17 victory in 1998, the first overtime win in the series. In the three previous meetings, the Rebels have won twice and lost the other two.
Last week, Ole Miss came up short against LSU, losing by 17 points in a 45-20 defeat. Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide lost to Tennessee in October and LSU last week, giving them a 1-5 record on the road. However, they can win the SEC West and a spot in the New Year’s Six bowls.
The Ole Miss Rebels will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Saturday evening to face off against the Arkansas Razorbacks. This is the first meeting between the two since 2016. Despite a loss to Alabama last weekend, the Rebels are still 9-2 and are looking for their ninth win of the season.
Both teams play pretty well when it comes to defense. They have each ranked in the top 30 in the country in several defensive categories. Although the Razorbacks have been stumbling of late, their defense has played well in the past two games.
As for the offense, the Rebels are led by quarterback Jaxson Dart, who has shown the ability to throw. He threw for 240 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
Brewer led the Rebels to 67 wins and a second-place finish in Ole Miss history behind Johnny Vaught. Most of his teams ranked in the national rankings, and he was selected as SEC Coach of the Year three times.
Billy Brewer is a native of Columbus, Mississippi. He played for the University of Mississippi in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He played for the Washington Redskins in the NFL in 1959 and then coached for Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana Tech.
Brewer compiled a 9-4 record in his tenth season and guided his team to the Liberty Bowl. This was the first bowl game the Rebels had played since the 1971 Sugar Bowl.
David Cutcliffe is an experienced college football coach. He has coached at the University of Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Duke. In 2013, he guided the Duke Blue Devils to a school-record 10-win season and the ACC Coastal Division championship.
Cutcliffe was hired as head coach at Duke in 2008. Previously, he had a successful career as an offensive coordinator at Tennessee and an assistant at LSU. Before taking the top job, Cutcliffe spent several years on Phillip Fulmer’s coaching staff at Tennessee.
During his tenure at Tennessee, Cutcliffe coached four 1,000-yard rushers. In addition, his teams finished in the top two in the SEC in total offense each year.