2013 Results: 8-5 6th in the West (3-5); won the Music City Bowl over Georgia Tech
2013 Highlight: 44-23 road win over Texas.
2013 Lowlight: 3 game midseason SEC losing streak.
2014 Outlook: The Rebels are a talented football team, this we know. What we don’t know is if they can find a way to translate that talent into wins, and that’s what matters. Senior quarterback Bo Wallace is the elder statesman of SEC starters and having a senior quarterback that gets it is a huge plus for them. However, he does need to limit his turnovers this year. Another plus for the Rebels is that they get 2 of their 3 toughest opponents at home in Alabama and Auburn. Winning at least one of those games will be critical to their having a great season.
Biggest Issue to Solve: Offensive line. Ole Miss lost three starters from last year’s team. Having a good offensive line is vital in SEC play. They will need to find some talent and depth on the offensive line if they want to be in the top of the SEC west.
Key Players: QB Bo Wallace, WR Laquon Treadwell, DT Robert Nkemdiche and S Cody Prewitt
Most Important Game: Oct. 4th vs. Alabama; if they can find a way to get a win in this game they can easily sneak into the top three in the west.
Media Prediction (SEC finish): 4th SEC West
My Prediction (SEC finish): 4th SEC West (4-4)
My Overall Record Prediction: 8-4
Why?: The Rebels proved me wrong last year and I was very surprised by their play. At the same time they weren’t quite what people expected from a team with a top ranked recruiting class. Three SEC wins probably isn’t what many people envisioned. Having a senior quarterback is a huge plus for this team despite the offensive line issues. The Rebels’ season will be decided by them beating the teams that they’re very capable of beating (Arkansas, Tennessee, Vandy, Texas A&M and Mississippi St.) and finding a way to get that one signature win that can vault their season. If they can go 5-0 in those games I’m sure they’ll be happy with the rest of their results.
Next: Mississippi St.