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Final Whistle: Ole Miss puts up big numbers in loss to No. 5 Florida

A lot of things to be excited about.

NCAA Football: Florida at Mississippi Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss football kicked off its season against No. 5 Florida Saturday in a 51-35 loss at home. While the Rebels came up short, there are still a lot of things for fans to be excited about the remaining season.

Both teams took a knee prior to the kickoff in solidarity to acknowledge the unrest in the country. This did not take place during the National Anthem.

Florida was able to get on the board first, but was quickly answered from the clear starter, Matt Corral. Lane Kiffin waited until the first snap to show who his starter would be.

Corral went 22-of-31 for three touchdowns, and one unfortunate interception. Fans were able to see a lot more diversity than previous years.

(Translation: They didn’t run the ball every single play)

For a portion of the game, John Rhys Plumlee and Matt Corral were on the field at the same time.

The Florida offense dominated the Landshark defense with quarterback Kyle Trask going 30-of-42 for 416 yards and six touchdowns. When your opponent is putting up these kind of numbers, it is going to be difficult to come out on top.

Unless you watched the game, it will be easy to assume that Ole Miss is going to give the fans another year of disappointment. However, there are a lot of things to look forward to with this new playbook.

The offense is creative and so fun to watch. The defense is going to continue to get better, especially when they are not playing a top-five team week in and week out.

Kiffin may not have won the game, but he has brought a new life to this talented group.

It’s going to be a fun season.