There is another sexy game in Texas that impacts the college football landscape and ultimately could put the proverbial nail in the coffin for Mack Brown. Ole Miss travels into the middle of turmoil country and clashes with Texas, looking to avenge last year’s 66-31 loss.
Here is what to watch for Saturday:
Signature win: It’s time Ole Miss gets Hugh Freeze his first signature victory. It should have happened last year against LSU or Texas A&M, but it needs to happen this game. If Ole Miss is going to take a step forward and put itself in a position to become a dark horse in 2013 and a frontrunner in 2014, this is a must-win game. Last year’s ‘I hope we win’ mentality didn’t cut it; this year they have to have a ‘win because we’re a better football team’ mentality.
KO: The Rebels can deliver a knockout blow to the Texas program. Is this a proverbial job interview for Hugh Freeze? He’s done nothing but turn around a 2-10 program and recruit one of the top classes in the country in two short seasons. If Freeze leads his troops into Austin and delivers an impressive win, could he be on Texas’ short list? Ole Miss and Freeze can send Mack Brown packing with a victory in Austin.
Runnin’ Rebs: BYU ran it down Texas’ throats last week to the tune of 550 yards. DC Manny Diaz got canned, but it’s still the same players, who missed all the tackles. Brown hired his long-time pal Greg Robinson. Ole Miss is averaging 239 yards per game on the ground, and they are averaging an SEC-high 83 plays per game. Oregon isn’t even averaging that many through two weeks, and if the Rebels can keep with the 80 plays per game Saturday, they will exit the winner. Watch for backup QB Barry Brunetti to have an impact, seeing the Longhorns failed to stop BYU’s QB.
Horns QB: We still don’t know who it’s going to be. The normal starter, David Ash, who also leads the team in rushing, is banged up with head and shoulder injuries and may not play. Backup Case McCoy is likely to get the starting nod, and he’s thrown for 300 yards in his last two starts (Kansas State 2012 and Baylor 2011). Freshman Tyrone Swoopes could make his first appearance, depending on whether Ash plays or how well McCoy plays.
Ole Miss player to watch: QB Bo Wallace: It’s time the starting QB gets a signature win of his own.
Texas player to watch: RB Johnathan Gray: If Ole Miss stops the running game spearheaded by Gray, it will be a fun trip back to Oxford.
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