What a difference a year makes. Last season the Longhorns were struggling to score points there was a weekly debate on who the quarterback is going to be and other questions were surrounding the team. Now after two convincing wins the team is still being asked questions, but more on the side of how good can is this team and how far can this team go?
Texas is coming off a rout of New Mexico 45-0. Despite the shutout there are concerns on the defensive side. The Longhorns allowed 246 rushing yards and were not able to get the Lobos off of the field in third down situations.
The Rebels come into this game matching their total wins from last season of 2 with a 2-0 record. This will be the best opponent that the Rebels have faced this year and the same will be true also for the Longhorns. The Rebels enter the game averaging over 500 total yards per game.
The Rebels are led by dual threat at quarterback Bo Wallace. Wallace leads the team in passing and rushing. Wallace has deceptive speed and has surprised opponents with his willingness to dip a shoulder into their chest.
The No. 12 ranked Longhorns has more to prove in this game. However Ole Miss has more to gain from this game. If the Longhorns win they can boast about defeating someone from a BCS conference and claim they deserve more recognition on the season. A Rebel win and they can go from receiving votes in the polls to being ranked for the first time in years.
This game will come down to two key factors. One who can control the line of scrimmage and two who will make the fewest mistakes? The team that controls the line of scrimmage will be able to dictate the tempo of the game. The Rebels would like to control the ball with their no huddle offense to keep the Longhorns’ defense off balance. Also the Rebels will want to run the ball to keep you honest for the passing plays.
The Longhorns also want to control the line of scrimmage to block for Ash so he can exploit the Rebels’ secondary, which is very young and inexperienced. The major key to the game is who makes the fewest mistakes not only in the turnover department, but also in in proper execution of offensive and defensive schemes.
The Longhorns have very fast wide receivers that able to get behind defenders especially Olympian Marquise Goodwin. The Rebels will be short one defensive back Trae Elston. Elston was suspended by the SEC for an illegal hit against a defensive receiver in the UTEP game.
This game can be seen on ESPN at 8:15 CT.
Terry Davis covers Ole Miss football for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.
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