First glance: Breaking down Ole Miss


Campus location: Oxford, Miss.

Nickname: Rebels

Record: 2-0

Record vs. Texas: 1-2

Last game: Quarterback Bo Wallace threw two first-half touchdown passes of 50-plus yards as the Rebels beat UTEP 28-10 Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. The Rebels piled up 332 rushing yards to go along with their 206 passing yards. The defense held the Miners to 37 rushing yards on 30 attempts.

Last meeting with Texas: Led by Chris Gilbert’s 156 rushing yards and Bill Bradley’s 107, the Longhorns beat Ole Miss 19-0 in the 1966 Bluebonnet Bowl. Fred Edwards led Texas with 15 tackles. John Elliott had 12 and Les Derrick had three interceptions.

Key player: Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was at one time drawing interest from Texas coming out of junior college. The Longhorns backed off of him, and Wallace chose Ole Miss, where he has secured the starting job in his first season. Wallace has thrown for 438 yards and run for another 125.

Why Ole Miss might win: It’s the SEC. It’s a night game. And Ole Miss does have some talent. While the Rebels are not one of the premiere SEC teams they still do have talent on the offensive and defensive lines. If either of those lines or both can exert their will on Texas, the Rebels have a shot at keeping the game close. And a close game at home can easily turn into a win.

Why Ole Miss might lose: The Rebels might be 2-0 but they have not faced very good competition in Central Arkansas and UTEP. Hugh Freeze is in his first year with the program and has installed a new offense. If Ole Miss faces some pressure from the Texas defense the inexperience in that offense could start to show.