South Carolina meets Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday for the first time since 2009, when these two clubs got together. That game ended in a 16-10 Carolina win. Ole Miss would go on to finish the year 9-4, after beginning the season ranked No. 8 and climbing as high as No. 4. The Rebs won the Cotton Bowl that year, 21-7, over a decent Texas Tech team and finished the year ranked No. 20 in the AP Top 25.
The following year, the team would finish 4-8 and miss a bowl game (not self-imposed, mind), and the year after that the the Heppin’ Rebs would finish 2-10 without a conference win. 2011 was Nutt’s last year in Oxford.
It’s been nine full years since Ole Miss last met South Carolina on a football field. In that time, South Carolina has undergone just a single coaching change (Steve Spurrier replaced by Will Muschamp), while Ole Miss has seen two (Matt Luke replaced Hugh Freeze, who replaced Nutt).
2009 was a transitional time in college football. 2009 is the dividing year when a frazzled Urban Meyer and Florida ceded control of the SEC and college football writ-large to Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide. Will Muschamp was at the time quietly helming Texas’ defensive coordinator duties and seemingly the coach-in-waiting to replace Mack Brown in the event of the latter’s looming retirement.
And now here we are in 2018. Will Muschamp and Matt Luke. The betting lines see a complete tossup here, but taking the OVER on 68 points actually feels like decent money. Whatever. You do you.
How to watch:
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Miss.
When: 11 a.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
Online streaming: WatchESPN and SECN+