With a superb defense alone, Ole Miss should be able to match last year's eight wins in Hugh Freeze's third season. The offense will dictate whether the ceiling is higher.
The former No. 1 recruit will miss his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury and is one of three defensive ends that have been ruled out for Saturday.
The Rebel pass rush lost two seniors to graduation last season. Who will feature prominently in the rotation this season?
Robert Nkemdiche, Laquon Treadwell, and others have earned starting roles for the season opener against Vanderbilt.
It is rare for a team to considerably improve or regress in one year. Well, it's rare for teams not named Ole Miss. The Rebels do it every damn year.
It hasn't taken Hugh Freeze long to make dramatic improvements at Ole Miss, mostly with junior college transfers and Houston Nutt's spare parts.