It was far from an eye-popping performance, but the Ole Miss offense was solid in the 31-point win over Tennessee. Bo Wallace struggled, completing just 13 of 28 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was Vince Sanders who caught four passes for 108 yards, highlighted by back-to-back receptions in the second quarter that got Ole Miss on the board after eight consecutive three and outs to begin the game. Ole Miss still poses no real threat to run the ball. In its last two games, the Rebels have rushed for 160 and 180 yards respectively, however both performances came against average run defenses. The committee approach continued on Saturday night. If Hugh Freeze isn’t careful, his team’s tendency to be one-dimensionsal could prove costly.


The A- is a result of the Landsharks surrendering no yards rushing. Justin Worley, however, had some success throwing the football, totaling 191 yards on the night. But then again, the Rebels surrendered less than 200 yards of total offense. It was another standout performance for arguably the nation’s top defense. Ole Miss had four takeaways and Senquez Golson had two more interceptions bringing his total to seven on the season. We knew coming in that Ole Miss’ front seven would wreak havoc on Tennessee’s porous offensive line, and they did just that recording seven sacks.


Punt return could be a problem area for the Rebels. Freshman Markell Pack was back deep most of the night and made some really head-scratching decisions, especially inside the 20-yard lines. It’s generally a rule that anything inside the 20s you let roll, but Pack multiple times either signaled for fair catch pinning the Rebels back deep in its own territory or attempted a return and got nowhere. Field position played a huge role in the relatively tight first half. Gary Wunderlich made two of his three field goal attempts and Will Gleeson had a punt average near 50 yards. Overall, a good night for Ole Miss special teams.


Hugh Freeze continues to prove himself as one of the great coaches in the game today. After a less-than-stellar first half effort, the Rebels performed well after intermission with 20 of its 34 points coming over the final 30 minutes. Freeze continues to get his guys to play week-to-week and that was important in an environment that could’ve been a trap game. The Rebels weren’t very good in the first half, but made the necessary adjustments to put the game away.


Win the game you’re supposed to win and that’s exactly what Ole Miss did Saturday night against Tennessee. It wasn’t the Rebels best performance, but they beat an inferior opponent and now must turn their attention to a LSU team that’s hitting its stride right now. The defense continues to be the strength of the team while the offense doesn’t really scare you. Outside of the win over Alabama, you have yet to feel like Ole Miss has yet to put a complete performance together. Doing just that next week in Death Valley could make a statement to the rest of the SEC.