To call the 2013 season for the Ole Miss Rebels a roller coaster ride would be fairly accurate. Just when it seemed that the Rebels were about to assemble a string of victories, they would, instead, put together a string of losses. And just when it appeared that the season was heading down the tubes, Ole Miss would rebound and play well.
Ole Miss won its first three games of the season, including an impressive 44-23 win, on the road, against the Texas Longhorns in September. At 3-0, it appeared that Hugh Freeze had his team on the verge of a national breakthrough.
However, Ole Miss ran into a tough stretch of games following the win at Texas. Ole Miss lost at the Alabama Crimson Tide (25-0), at the Auburn Tigers (30-22) and at home against the Texas A&M Aggies (41-38).
At 3-3, the Rebels’ season could have gone either way. Ole Miss was facing a tough home game against the LSU Tigers, and the Rebels were able to win, 27-24, on a last-second field goal by Andrew Ritter.
The Rebels then beat Idaho, the Arkansas Razorbacks and Troy to move to 7-3 and back into the national spotlight. Ranked 24th in the nation, Ole Miss had a home showdown against the Missouri Tigers, but came up short, losing 24-10. The Rebels followed that by losing the Egg Bowl to arch rival Mississippi State, 17-10 in overtime.
Three wins, three losses, four wins, two losses. That’s the pattern for Ole Miss in 2013. Now, the Rebels face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Music City Bowl on December 30. Quarterback Bo Wallace will try to make up for a poor performance against Mississippi State, and the Rebels will try to finish the season with eight wins for the first time since 2009, when they won nine games.
Freeze will prepare his team to play against the unique Georgia Tech offense, but judging by the results so far this season, even he doesn’t know what to expect from the Rebels in the bowl game.
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.