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Ole Miss football releases updated list of non-conference opponents through 2025

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Ole Miss football has released an updated, but not comprehensive, list of non-conference and non-P5 opponents through 2025, and they finally confirmed for good that the Rebs will indeed face off with Texas Tech in Houston to begin the 2018 season. This will be the teams’ first such meeting since the 2009 Cotton Bowl, assuming the NCAA doesn’t send a nuclear strike into Oxford between now and then.

There are some fun names on the docket in the coming seven years, including New Mexico State, Georgia Tech, Tulane, and, uh, Memphis. Also, the ever pesky Citadel comes to Oxford in 2025, a surprisingly good program that’s gone deep into the FCS postseason the last few years. Why Memphis?

As for actual, notable outfits, do recall that the Rebs will face off with Cal in 2017 and 2019 in a home-and-home set, which will bookend 2018’s showdown with the Red Raiders, then in 2020 they’ll face off with Baylor in the Advocare Texas kickoff. Both the Texas Tech and Baylor games will take place in Houston’s NRG Stadium, and all of these matchups fulfill the NCAA’s requirement that Power 5 conference schools play at least one other non-conference P5 club. So Ole Miss’ opponents in that category, at least through 2020 will be, in order: Cal, Texas Tech, Cal, and Baylor.

Another tidbit reminder is that Ole Miss has agreed to a home-and-home tradeshow with the ACC’s Wake Forest. The first game will take place in Winston-Salem in 2024, and the second in Oxford the following year. That should be fun.

Here’s the full release of the updated non-conference opponents through 2025. Again, all of this assumes that Oxford is still a living, standing city by then.

2018

Texas Tech (Houston)
Southern Illinois (Oxford)
Kent State (Oxford)
ULM (Oxford)

2019

Memphis (Memphis)
Southeastern Louisiana (Oxford)
Cal (Oxford)
New Mexico State (Oxford)

2020

Georgia Southern (Oxford)
Southeast Missouri (Oxford)
Middle Tennessee (Oxford)

2021

Austin Peay (Oxford)
Tulane (Oxford)
Liberty (Oxford)

2022

Troy (Oxford)
Central Arkansas (Oxford)
Georgia Tech (Atlanta)
Tulsa (Oxford)

2023

Mercer (Oxford)
Tulane (New Orleans)
Georgia Tech (Oxford)

2024

Furman (Oxford)
Wake Forest (Winston-Salem)

2025

Citadel (Oxford)
Wake Forest (Oxford)
Tulane (Oxford)