So this is it. The #1 Florida Gators (23-2, 5-1 SEC) come to Swayze field today to begin a weekend series that means a lot more to us than it does to them. The Rebels (18-7, 3-3 SEC) are certainly the underdogs against a team full of future major leaguers. Even one win in this series would be a good takeaway. Unfortunately, the Rebels need more than that.
After a disappointing series loss to the Auburn Tigers, the Rebs bounced back to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide but missed a sweep by a strike. With a 3-3 record and tougher teams ahead, this series could be a chance for the Rebels to regain momentum and get a signature series win to impress the committee later this season. It's going to be very difficult to do that, but the Rebels have had success recently against top-ranked opponents.
When Ole Miss plays top ten teams at home, they win. Since 2003, Ole Miss has won 10 of its 13 top-10 matchups. More amazingly though, the Rebels have knocked off the last two #1 overall teams to play in Oxford. In 2009, they took the series from #1 Georgia in a huge upset (which led to an awesome party on the square). In 2011, they took two of three from #1 South Carolina.
Look... no one's saying we'll win the series. No one's saying we'll even win one game. I'm just saying.... it's possible. Now on to the actual matchup.