Well, its time to see where Texas stands. Longhorns are headed to play a S.E.C. football team in the Mississippi Rebels. These two teams have played six times with Texas leading the series. This is the first time the Longhorns will play in Oxford, Mississippi. I refer to Oxford as Manning place. It is where both Archie Manning and Eli Manning played college football. Archie went on to play for the New Orleans Saints and Eli is currently playing for Super Bowl Champs New York Giants.
The S.E.C . is the pinnacle of college football having produce some of the top teams in recent years with Auburn,LSU and Alabama. Ole Miss has not won a National Championship or S.E.C. Championship in years. This team is starting the season off 2 and 0 under, first year coach Hugh Freeze. Former Head coach at Arkansas State and a local native. He is known for his play calling and pre-game preparation. The Nutt era is officially over.
Mississippi Rebels has beaten Central Arkansas and UTEP. They have a very good offense, lead by Bo Wallace. He was the top JUCO quarterback last year and even recruited by Texas. One problem for the offense is the inexperience in the offensive line. They are starting two JUCO transfers in Pierce Burton and Aarron Morris. They run a balance attack, last week they had over 500 yards in total offense. Ole Miss runs a spread offense with a no huddle. They have a very good running back in Jeff Scott but small. They also have a former San Antonio Madison product in the backfield with Devon Thomas. He broke his ankle his senior in High School and has not returned to top form. The receiving group is big and lead by Moncrief, definitely a long ball threat.
Mississippi defense is still developing, big plays at time but not very good on third down. Defense is small but very athletic. The line is lead by CJ Johnson, a five star recruit. They run a two linebacker system with Mike Marry holding down the middle. The secondary is an experience group with plenty of depth. Charles Sawyer is the leader of the secondary and had over 60 tackles last year. Freshman safety, Trae Elston will miss the game due to an illegal hit last week.
For, Texas to win this games offensively the line must dominate scrimmage line. Longhorns must establish the running game. Malcom Brown has to get more touches than last week. David Ash must control the ball and continue to limit turnovers. The passing game is a must. Ole Miss last week gave up over two hundred yards in the air. Texas defense will have their hands full. I think they are up for the task. The key to this game may come down to who has the best special team. And Texas wins in that category. Texas should score over 30 points and beat Ole Miss by 15 points
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Written by Don Greene