After a fast start to the season, things have slowed down quite a bit for the Ole Miss Rebels. After a tough, 41-38 loss to the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday night in Oxford, the Rebels are now 3-3 on the season. Ole Miss won its first three games, including a road win at the Texas Longhorns, but have since lost three straight.
This sometimes happens when a team is relying on younger players, which Ole Miss does. This is especially magnified in Southeastern Conference play, because of the talent level within the conference. It is the job of head coach Hugh Freeze, as well as veterans like quarterback Bo Wallace and running back Jeff Scott to help those players along during these tough times.
The good news for Ole Miss is that the schedule will eventually lighten up. The bad news is, that’s not happening this week. Ole Miss must pick itself up off the mat and get ready to host the LSU Tigers, the nation’s sixth ranked team according to the Associated Press. The Tigers will head to Oxford with momentum, after a big 17-6 win over the Florida Gators, in which the Tigers’ defense had its best outing of the season.
After this week’s game, Ole Miss will face Idaho, the Arkansas Razorbacks, Troy, the Missouri Tigers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. While there are two ranked opponents in that stretch (Auburn and Missouri), there are certainly winnable games within that stretch, and the Rebels will need to win three of those games to make it to the postseason. That’s not something many considered when Ole Miss started the season 3-0, but it’s where they stand at this moment.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher, on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.