That was definitely not what happened to this up-and-coming squad in 2014. Under the capable leadership of third year Head Coach Hugh Freeze, the Rebels rumbled to a commendable Won-Loss record of 9-4. What was even more impressive is the fact that they concluded the season’s games with a record of five wins against only three losses in America’s toughest college football conference, the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Nine total wins earned this squad a visit to the Peach Bowl where it was upended by highly-ranked Texas Christian University (TCU). The loss hurt, of course, but the team’s fans were delighted by the fact that their favorite football players got to perform in one of college football’s better bowl games.
After so much success in 2014, it was only natural for Coach Freeze and his returning players to begin the new season with high expectations and a belief that 2015 would produce even better results than what had been achieved in 2014.
It all got started last Saturday, September 5th, when the home team Rebels annihilated the visiting squad from UC Martin by a score of 76-3. Admittedly, the small school could not compete against a major college football program like the one that exists for the Ole Miss Rebels. Nevertheless, the score is eye-opening and gives fans of the team hope that this season may be special.
There are six home games remaining on this year’s schedule, three of which are against teams ranked in the “Top 25” In America. It all gets started on September 12th when the Rebels host a high-scoring team from Fresno State University. Additional home games will be played against the Commodores of Vanderbilt University on September 26th, New Mexico State on October 10th, 16th ranked Texas A & M on October 24th, Arkansas’s 18th ranked Razorbacks on November 7th and defensively-tough 14th ranked Louisiana State University (LSU) on November 21st.
Games away from home present the Rebels with challenges that few other teams are likely to face in 2015. Consider what awaits this squad. On September 19th, Ole Miss will cross the state border when it travels to Alabama to square off against the second-ranked Crimson Tide. The Rebels will also visit the Florida Gators on October 3rd and the University of Memphis on October 17th. The road schedule will conclude with games against sixth-ranked Auburn on October 31st and 25th ranked Mississippi State University on November 28th. That game will be played for the state’s “bragging rights.”
A close look at all of the games shows that the Ole Miss Rebels have one of the nation’s most difficult schedules because they have to play five ranked teams.
Fans of the Rebels believe that this team will meet the challenge. Coach Freeze and his players almost certainly share that opinion.
Courtesy of Wcbi.com