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First glance: Breaking down Ole Miss

Campus location: Oxford, Miss.

Nickname: Rebels

Conference: SEC

Record: 3-2 (0-1 SEC)

Record vs. Texas A&M: 0-4

Last week: The Rebels lost their SEC opener 33-14 to no. 1 Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Mississippi actually led the Crimson Tide 7-6 briefly in the second quarter, but Alabama scored 21 second-quarter points to take control of the game by halftime. The Rebels finished with just 218 offensive yards and turned the ball over three times.

Key player: Sophomore receiver Donte Moncrief. Moncrief leads the team with 21 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns, one of which was a 75-yarder. He's averaging 18.1 yards per reception and 76 receiving yards per game this year.

Why Ole Miss might win: The Rebels can score points (they're averaging 32.2 points per game thus far) and move the football (they're 15th nationally in third-down conversion percentage at 51.4 percent and they average a respectable 434 yards per game). Plus, it's Texas A&M's first SEC road game as an SEC member, so it could take some adjustments on the Aggies' part.

Why Ole Miss might lose: Texas A&M's offense might be too much to deal with. The Rebels yielded 66 points at home to Texas on Sept. 15 and while the Rebels can move the ball, can they move it well enough to keep up with the Aggies? If their defense is anything like it was that night, it will be a long night for the Rebels in Oxford. Also, the Aggies defense has been impressive this season and hasn't allowed a single opponent more than 20 points.