After an impressive 38-17 drubbing of LSU, Ole Miss is feeling good about itself entering its Egg Bowl regular-season finale against Mississippi State.

Although Rebels coach Hugh Freeze was mostly happy with his team’s performance against the Tigers, he shared some concerns he still has in his weekly press conference.

That quarterback that Freeze alluded to is the Bulldogs Dak Prescott, who is coming off a 7-touchdown performance (5 passing, 2 rushing) against Arkansas last week and is considered to be one of the best signal-callers in SEC history. Freeze even admitted that Prescott is one of the best the conference has ever seen.

But Freeze also had some praise for a few players of his own — Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.

Freeze continued by saying his offense has not been an issue for Ole Miss this season. But the struggles the defense has had at times is mostly the result of injuries and he can see that side of the ball starting to come together as well for the Rebels.

Regardless of how well Ole Miss is playing right now, Freeze knows the Rebels will have a tall task by going into Starkville against their in-state rival.

The upcoming game against Mississippi State could mean even more for the Rebels if Alabama loses to Auburn in the Iron Bowl earlier in the day. If the Crimson Tide lose and the Rebels win, Ole Miss will find itself as SEC West champions. But regardless of what happens with the Iron Bowl, Freeze said his team will be locked in for the Egg Bowl.

Freeze then gave a report on some injured Rebels and their status as of now for Saturday. He added that Cam Ordway will be suspended for the first half of the Egg Bowl for being ejected from the LSU game for allegedly throwing a punch during a midfield scuffle. Ole Miss will not appeal the suspension according to Freeze.


Freeze also provided an update on middle linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, who was hospitalized last week with an undisclosed condition.