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We look at the details for Ole Miss baseball’s opening weekend at the College Baseball Showdown in Arlington

The Rebs will be battle-tested early.

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Welcome back to noted baseball blog Red Cup Rebellion where we cover all things Ole Miss baseball for the rabid seam-headed masses.

Part of Ole Miss baseball is the schedule of games to be played on the diamond, and the Rebels will open their season in Arlington, Texas, at Globe Life Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers, in the 2021 State Farm College Baseball Showdown. Six teams are participating in the “showdown” (very western of you, Texas) on February 19-21. Here’s a list:

(Rankings reflect D1Baseball’s Top 25)

  • No. 3 Texas Tech
  • No. 6 Ole Miss
  • No. 7 Mississippi State
  • No. 8 Arkansas
  • No. 9 Texas
  • No. 10 TCU

That’s six (count ‘em, six!) top-ten teams in the country converging in this new Major League park to duke it out to open the season. It’s worth noting Ole Miss won’t face any of the SEC teams at the event, but still, that lineup and rotation will be put to the test early to start the year.

Here’s how Ole Miss’ weekend will look when the time comes:

(the “visiting” team is on the left in these matchups)

Feb. 19

3 p.m. — Ole Miss vs. TCU

Feb. 20

3 p.m. — Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss

Feb. 21

3 p.m. — Ole Miss vs. Texas

For those of you keeping track at home, Ole Miss has the 3 o’clock game every day of the weekend and faces all three Texas schools participating in the showdown. Also, 2005 JMake is definitely going to have warlike flashbacks when facing Texas. Just another part of the ride that is Ole Miss baseball.

Anyway, it should be a fun weekend, but make no mistake: this team will be thrown into the fire early this season, but for a team that is expected to be in contention nationally come the regular season’s end, it’s all part of the process. The good news is that losses against these teams likely won’t hurt you down the road, but winning them would be very nice and actually preferable iyam.

Baseball is inching closer, and I, for one, am excited. Let’s start the year with a bang in the state where everything is bigger.

If you’re interested in attending the showdown, both tournament passes and daily passes are available here, as well as live-streaming and parking information. Regardless of how you choose, you have plenty of ways to see the Diamond Rebs in action when it’s underway. The livestream is provided by something called FLOBASEBALL, so that’s a thing, but at least it will be streamed. Here’s a website where you can register.