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Thursday, August 21, 2014

New-look Rebels turn sights to Longhorns

The Ole Miss Rebels are currently in some rather unfamiliar territory.

For starters, the Rebels are 2-0 for the first time since the 2009 season and received votes in a national poll (USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll) for the first time since the 2010 preseason.

In the Rebels’ 48-27 win over Central Arkansas and 28-10 win over UTEP, they amassed over 500 yards, marking the first time the program has accumulated more than 500 yards of offense in back-to-back games since ‘09.

Utilizing first-year coach Hugh Freeze’s up-tempo offense, the Rebels find themselves leading the Southeastern Conference in total offense (551.5) rushing (282.5), first downs (28.0) and third-down conversion percentage (56.5). Ole Miss is also sixth in the nation in passing efficiency, ninth in rushing and 10th in total offense.

While the aforementioned notes and statistics have surprised some, one thing that caught no one off guard is Ole Miss’ next opponent, No. 14 Texas (2-0 overall), and the amount of buzz that the series will create.

Saturday, the Rebels will host Texas for the first time in program history and will face the Longhorns for the first time since the 1966 season. (September 11, 2012, Page 8)

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