Joining spring football nation Friday: the Mississippi Rebels and the N.C. State Wolfpack. We're now entering that weird point in the year when spring football start-up dates begin to collide with spring games, and there's not much more college football than many teams finishing before others even start.
The biggest story here is obvious: new Rebels coach Hugh Freeze, who's out to prove his scoreboard-burning offense can work in the SEC. The former Arkansas St. Red Wolves coach has set records everywhere he's been, but that's the thing. He hasn't been very many places yet. Still, he's a drastic change of pace from what Ole Miss has endured as of late.
He'll look to install only about half of the offense this time around, as he's one of many coaches around the nation putting in alien offensive schemes this spring. But he's done this sort of thing before.
As for the Pack, not much has changed. That's the way Tom O'Brien likes it. Of course, linebacker and receiver are sapped of talent, but quarterback is holding steady (via Mike Glennon, who posted 3,000 yards and 31 touchdowns) and the secondary should be very good (led by David Amerson, he of the absurd 13 interceptions last year).
For more on Wolfpack football, visit N.C. State blog Backing The Pack.