Game-By-Game Predictions for Ole Miss' 2014 Season
It seemed like that would happen a year ago, as the Rebels jumped out to a 3-0 start with impressive road wins at Vanderbilt and Texas.
Then, Ole Miss fell victim to the brutal SEC West schedule, losing games against Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M in a span of three weeks. But Freeze's squad would turn things around with four straight victories before limping to the finish with disappointing losses to Missouri and Mississippi State.
This year's Rebel team is built for success on both sides of the ball with quarterback Bo Wallace returning to lead a potentially explosive offense and All-American safety Cody Prewitt heading up a solid defense.
But will the schedule give Ole Miss an opportunity to make a run at an SEC West crown? Let's run through the games and predict how things will shake out for the Rebels next season.
8/28/14 - vs. Boise State (WIN)
The Rebels and Broncos will kick things off at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, but even a neutral field won't help Boise State here. This will feel like an Ole Miss home game, and the Rebels will play at a high level to pick up the win.
9/6/14 - at Vanderbilt (WIN)
You can pretty much always expect this game to be close. Ole Miss went into Nashville and scored a season-opening win last season on a late Jeff Scott touchdown. Chalk up another win for the Rebels over the Commodores, but once again, it'll be a nail-biter.
9/13/14 - vs. Louisiana-at-Lafayette (WIN)
The artist formerly known at Louisiana-Lafayette comes to Oxford with upset on the brain. Sorry, Ragin' Cajuns, but it's not happening.
9/27/14 - vs. Memphis (WIN)
Memphis' football program has seen better days. The last time the Tigers finished a season with a winning record was 2007, so that should tell you something. This loss won't help that statistic.
10/4/14 - vs. Alabama (LOSS)
A part of me wants to believe that Ole Miss can win this game. But another part of me thinks that Alabama could wind up being the best team in all of college football once again. It won't be easy for the Crimson Tide, but Nick Saban's team escapes Oxford with a close victory.
10/11/14 - at Texas A&M (WIN)
No Johnny Manziel? No problem. Unless of course you're Texas A&M. I see the Aggies taking a step back in 2014, and that is good news for the Rebels who will come in hungry after barely losing to Alabama the previous week.
10/18/14 - vs. Tennessee (WIN)
This will be an intriguing game as it'll be interesting to see how far Tennessee has progressed. The Vols have a young nucleus that has the potential to be great, however, they won't be great enough to land the win over Ole Miss here. Seven games in and the Rebels have already punched their bowl ticket.
10/25/14 - at LSU (LOSS)
The Tigers will have revenge on the mind after falling at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium a season ago. By this point, LSU will have figured out its quarterback situation and that should help the Tigers win this game.
11/1/14 - vs. Auburn (LOSS)
From one set of Tigers to another, Ole Miss once again has its hands full. Auburn almost lost this game last season which would have totally threw a wrench in their plans for a title chase. This may be one of the best SEC games of the year, but Nick Marshall's heroics win it for the Tigers.
11/8/14 - vs. Presbyterian (WIN)
This isn't your grandaddy's Presbyterian team. That's probably because the Blue Hose haven't been playing football that long. After a difficult SEC stretch, Ole Miss lets out some frustration in a 65-0 win.
11/22/14 - at Arkansas (LOSS)
Here's where the unexpected slip up happens. Arkansas will be desperate for an SEC win at this point, and Ole Miss will come out sluggish after the bye. The Razorbacks hand the Rebels another disappointing late-season loss.
11/29/14 - vs. Mississippi State (WIN)
Ole Miss had no business losing the Egg Bowl last year, but it will make up for it here. The Bulldogs should once again have a solid team that will be competitive in every game. However, the Rebels will get their payback to cap off another eight-win season.
2014 Ole Miss Projected Record: 8-4 (4-4)
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