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Previewing Ole Miss’ 2018 Schedule

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While the Ole Miss Rebels won’t know their fate on their bowl ban appeal for who knows how long, for the time being, all they can do is make every game their bowl and spoil someone’s party. There is no doubt that they will have some offensive power behind new starter Jordan Ta’amu and will provide a spark under center. They have a dual-threat who will help out not only with the yardage, but score more touchdowns. For now, this is the schedule that they will tackle.

Before their off week on October 27, they will play eight consecutive games, five of them at home. Their most likely first “bowl” game will be in Houston taking on Texas Tech in the Advocare Texas Kickoff Classic. It will be the sixth meeting between the Red Raiders and the Rebels and the third time meeting in the regular season. Their last meeting was at the 2009 Cotton Bowl, where they last beat Texas Tech and their head coach at the time was Mike Leach.

During the next seven games, the Rebels will go back and forth between non-conference and SEC play starting with Southern Illinois and then kicking off league play hosting Alabama. Afterwards, they go back to non-conference to host Kent State. All three will be at home, and how the Rebels will play the Crimson Tide if their bowl ban doesn’t get lifted will be an interesting scenario. It has been known that schools who are ineligible for postseason play are usually more dangerous.

The next four gams will also be seesaw when it goes between at home and on the road, starting off with a trip to archrival LSU, traveling back home to host Louisiana-Monroe, on the road once again to face Arkansas in Little Rock and then at home one more time to host Auburn. It is pretty much a matchup of new head coaches between Ole Miss and Arkansas, and with Gus Malzahn’s new seven year contract, who knows how this SEC West matchup is going to go down.

The final four games are SEC play from here on out, and the home and road schedule looks a little more flexible. They host South Carolina before hitting the road two more times to face Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M, and then closing out the road schedule at Vanderbilt. Then it is the “real” bowl game as the Rebels defend their Egg Bowl trophy at home against Mississippi State, only this time with new head coach Joe Moorhead. This is also an official matchup of new head coaches in the Egg Bowl.

As you can see with no postseason eligibility, there is no pressure whatsoever and as mentioned before with the Alabama game, it makes them more dangerous with nothing on the line. If their bowl ban doesn’t get lifted, it will be intriguing to see how they will respond in 2018. Anything positive can happen even while you’re in the NCAA doghouse.

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