Every season when schedules are reveled, fans start guessing about easy wins and how those victories will position the Rebels when the first nationally ranked SEC opponent (read Alabama) comes to town.
Now the nationally ranked No. 10 Rebels host the Memphis Tigers on Saturday.
Is it possible Rebel Nation is looking past the Tigers to a possible top-10 nationally featured match-up of undefeated rivals the following weekend against No. 3 Alabama.
The Tigers come into Oxford with a 2-1 record and lots of confidence. Memphis’s only loss this season came from a close game in the Rose Bowl Stadium against the highly touted UCLA Bruins. The Tigers took that game to the wire, only losing when UCLA scored a touchdown in the closing minutes to secure a 42-35 victory.
Even though it has been five years since Ole Miss and Memphis met on the gridiron, the Tigers always play any SEC team hard.
During Coach Freeze’s Monday press conference he said that:
“We’re playing a very difficult opponent. I’m extremely impressed with the job that Justin (Fuente, head coach) has done at Memphis in his short time. They’ve played with tremendous passion and physical talent.”
With all the hype surrounding the Bama game in a week, looking past the Tigers could easily ruin the Rebels undefeated campaign.
Memphis challenges with a high-powered offense that has put up 134 points in their first three games. Their defense has allowed opponent to score only 59 points.
Ole Miss, in comparison, has scored 132 points and held their opponents to a paltry 31 points.
Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch has passed for 766 total yards on five touchdowns and two interceptions.
If the Rebels stay focused on the task at hand and forgets about the Crimson Tide until the final whistle blows, Saturday should be an explosive offensive display with Ole Miss coming out on top handily.
Adam Brown is sports editor of HottyToddy.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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