BLOG — Ole Miss had a bye three weeks ago, but it hasn’t helped much in keeping the Rebels healthy. Ole Miss is dealing with a plethora of injuries following its latest loss to No. 7 Texas A&M, particularly on the defensive side, and head coach Hugh Freeze said the Rebels will be without “most all” of those injured against another top-10 team this week in sixth-ranked LSU. (more…) (October 14, 2013)
For a few minutes, it looked as if Ole Miss wouldn’t have to deal with Johnny Manziel. But Ole Miss did, and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner turned a game in the balance into a case of déjà vu for the Rebels. (October 14, 2013, Page 1B)
BLOG — Ole Miss will try to put a stop to its two-game skid when No. 9 Texas A&M and quarterback Johnny Manziel invade Vaught-Hemingway Stadium tonight for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff (ESPN). The Rebels, who have dropped back-to-back games to Alabama and Auburn, are playing their first home game since Sept. 7. (more…) (October 12, 2013)
Comparative analysis is never that trustworthy a means of evaluation in college football, let alone at the halfway mark of a season. Most hardcore stat nerds would tell you how little they actually look at head-to-head wins and losses as means of prognosticating an upcoming game. (October 10, 2013, Page 9)
BLOG — Ole Miss is trying to bounce back from back-to-back losses to Alabama and, most recently, Auburn. Things won’t get any easier for the Rebels this Saturday (7:30 p.m., ESPN) when No. 9 Texas A&M and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel visit Oxford. (more…) (October 7, 2013)
AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn 1, Hugh Freeze 0.
The inaugural matchup between the two friends turned foes went to Malzahn Saturday night as Auburn rode the legs of quarterback Nick Marshall and a dominant outing from its defensive front to defeat Freeze’s 24th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels 30-22 in front of a crowd of 86,504 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. (October 7, 2013, Page 1B)
An opening stretch of four road games in five outings, including a rare back-to-back trip to the state of Alabama to play Alabama and Auburn is past. Now, as Editor Don Whitten points out, it’s time for the stretch of six straight home games over a seven-week period to begin. Will it pay off for the Rebels? What about for the Lafayette-Oxford-University community? “Are you ready?” is certainly an appropriate question. (October 7, 2013, Page 4A)
Tyler Siskey is not the reason Ole Miss was shut out in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last week. That’s thanks in part to a disparity of athletes that, while smaller than in years past, is still enough of a gulf to make this annual game somewhat of an inevitability. (October 4, 2013, Page 7A)
Half of the teams in the Southeastern Conference are ranked in this week’s Associated Press poll. Missouri isn’t one of them. (October 3, 2013, Page 9)
Highly successful high school coaches. Moving on to be assistants at the college level before eventually landing head coaching gigs at major programs.
There are a lot of similarities in the career paths taken by Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, and those parallels have made for a close bond off the field for the men who were cut from nearly the same coaching cloth. (October 2, 2013, Page 6)