The Ole Miss Rebels finally got the upset that they should have had last week against the Texas A&M Aggies when they faced the No. 6 LSU Tigers. Ole Miss may be out of the running for the SEC West and a potential SEC title, but there are far more important future implications from the upset over the Tigers.
Ole Miss is the real deal in the SEC West and don’t appear to be going away any time in the near future. The majority of their top players are still extremely young. There is no doubt in my mind that wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and defensive end Robert Nkemdiche are future first round NFL picks.
On top of the young talent at Ole Miss’s disposal, next season the Rebels should once again have Bo Wallace as quarterback. A solid senior quarterback with a lot of the major SEC West quarterbacks expected to go into the 2014 NFL Draft could help to see Ole Miss jump into contention for a place in the SEC Championship very early on next season.
The win over LSU not only broke the Rebels’ three game losing streak, but also will worry their future game against SEC East leaders, the Missouri Tigers. Ole Miss should win against their other four opponents, the Idaho Vandals, the Troy Trojans, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Mississippi State Bulldogs, which means that the game against Missouri would be their biggest game remaining on their schedule. The Tigers need to watch out.
The future is bright for the Rebels, and the upset over LSU by this young Ole Miss team showed just how bright that future could be.