Ole Miss had a 22-point lead against Florida State with less than a minute left in the first half on Monday. But then the Seminoles scored a touchdown, and then their redshirt freshman quarterback took over everything, and then their lead pretty quickly turned into a gory season-opening loss. Not great!
Ole Miss has more trouble on the horizon -- more on that later -- but for now, the Rebels at least have a soft place to land in Week 2. They're coming home after a game in Orlando to face FCS Wofford in Oxford, and it should be a chance for Chad Kelly and the Rebel offense to recapture some of the form they showed in the first half against FSU. For a defense that collapsed and allowed 28 points in the last 31 minutes against the Noles, it's a chance to regroup.
Wofford has dealt itself a challenging hand by scheduling this game. If the Terriers can score a few touchdowns and produce a few good moments, that should be seen as a successful trip to Mississippi.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network. The broadcasters are Tom Hart (play-by-play), Andre Ware (analyst) and Cole Cubelic (sideline).
Spread: Ole Miss has been a varying but heavy favorite.
Three big things to know
1. Ole Miss is already losing players. Cornerback Ken Webster was lost for the season in the first quarter of the opener, suffering a debilitating series of tears in his left knee. Running back Eric Swinney is also done, which is particularly tough after another backup, Jordan Wilkins, turned out to be academically ineligible. The Rebels' running back depth chart right now consists of seniors Akeem Judd and Eugene Brazley, and there's just not much help behind them.
2. Five-star freshman Shea Patterson could play. That's according to Hugh Freeze, who indicated the Rebels' blue-chip freshman QB could lose his redshirt against the Terriers. Kelly might be the best quarterback in the SEC, and he's the guy this year. But Patterson's waiting in the wings, and that he's one of two freshmen listed as a co-backup suggests Freeze has always been open to playing him this year.
3. This is a brief, brief respite. This game is in the middle of a difficult scheduling sandwich. Ole Miss started with FSU, of course, and now plays an FCS team. Up next: Alabama, Georgia, Memphis, Arkansas, LSU and Auburn. So the Rebels' schedule bets better for a second, then somehow gets worse than it already was.