What’s Ole Miss going to do this season? What’s going to happen in each game and how with the 2016 Rebel football schedule play out?
Ole Miss has an interesting team returning, but there’s still plenty of work to do on both sides of the ball. Can the Rebels survive several big battles to come up with a huge year? Check out the preseason predictions for every game.
Sept. 3 vs. Florida State (in Orlando)
Florida State needs this a lot more than Ole Miss does, at least if you think the Seminoles have a real shot at playing for the national title, and the Rebels don’t. The Land Shark defense will come out roaring, and FSU will make its share of mistakes, but in the end, the explosive plays coming from the Nole offense will be the difference.
Preseason Prediction: Florida State 34, Ole Miss 24
Sept. 10 vs. Wofford
It’s the break in one of the most epic of sandwich games coming between FSU and Alabama. It should be fine – the defense should shut down the Terrier attack cold. It’ll be a fun and easy game for Ole Miss, and it’ll be the last time to tune up before …
Preseason Prediction: Ole Miss 44, Wofford 3
Sept. 17 vs. Alabama
Will Ole Miss be able to come up with a third straight win over Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide? It’s asking way too much, but after losing the opener to Florida State, and with the home crowd humming, it’s going to be a fun environment with the emotions running high. However, the Rebels will miss out on several opportunities settling for too many field goals instead of touchdowns.
Preseason Prediction: Alabama 26, Ole Miss 16
Sept. 24 vs. Georgia
Just when it seems like Georgia is about to make a statement and go on a big run, Ole Miss will come up with a key win at home. The Rebels have to deal with getting back up off the mat after the Alabama game, and they’ll figure it out with a gut-check win holding on late.
Preseason Prediction: Ole Miss 27, Georgia 24
Oct. 1 vs. Memphis
It’s payback time – sort of. The Rebels didn’t exactly bring their A game in last year’s loss to Paxton Lynch and the Tigers, but getting up for this shouldn’t be a problem this time around. Memphis isn’t the team it was last year, and Ole Miss will look to come up with a big performance going into the break.
Preseason Prediction: Ole Miss 40, Memphis 17
Oct. 8 OPEN DATE
Oct. 15 at Arkansas
It’s going to be the big road win at just the right time. Arkansas will be coming off the Alabama game, Ole Miss will be rested up after the week off, and that will be the difference. This won’t be a Hog team at its best, while Chad Kelly and the Rebels will come up with one of their most effective games of the season.
Preseason Prediction: Ole Miss 31, Arkansas 21
Oct. 22 at LSU
Just when it seems like Ole Miss is ready to make a big statement, it’ll do just that, but will lose anyway. It’ll be a war with LSU having a hard time grinding out long, sustained drives. The Rebels will be right there in the end with a shot at the win, but a late Tiger field goal will get the Death Valley crowd roaring.
Preseason Prediction: LSU 26, Ole Miss 23
Oct. 29 vs. Auburn
After playing Arkansas and LSU on the road, Ole Miss will be beaten up, but solid at home with a great game on both sides of the ball. Handling the Auburn pass rush will be a problem, but the Rebels will take control early and cruise from there.
Preseason Prediction: Ole Miss 38, Auburn 17
Nov. 5 vs. Georgia Southern
Oh that’s just great. The last thing any SEC team wants to deal with in November is a non-conference game against a phenomenal option attack. The Rebel defensive front will get the job done and come up with just enough stops to get out alive, but it’ll be a scare until the floodgates open in the fourth.
Preseason Prediction: Ole Miss 41, Georgia Southern 24
Nov. 12 at Texas A&M
The Aggies will really, really need this game, and they’ll get it with a great game from the passing attack to get by in a firefight. Ole Miss will land several huge punches helped by a 400-yard day from Chad Kelly, but it won’t be enough.
Preseason Prediction: Texas A&M 38, Ole Miss 34
Nov. 19 at Vanderbilt
The Commodores won’t be able to do much to get the offense rolling, even at home. It’ll be a hard, tough game with mistakes and turnovers turning into a big deal, and Ole Miss will win the battle going a +2. It won’t be a keeper, but it’ll be an SEC road win.
Preseason Prediction: Ole Miss 20, Vanderbilt 12
Nov. 26 Mississippi State
The Egg Bowl gets the same clichés that all the other rivalry battles receive, but Ole Miss will be better at home. It’ll be close, and the Bulldogs will be more than good enough to win if they can take control of the game early, but there won’t be enough cowbell – the Rebels take Senior Day.
Preseason Prediction: Ole Miss 30, Mississippi State 23