Yes, we’re talmbout football schedules eight months in advance of the season. It’s a totally normal “it just means more” moment.
Ole Miss is coming off a 5-5 conference only schedule in head coach Lane Kiffin’s first year at the helm of the program. Wide receiver Elijah Moore showed out, set records, and quarterback Matt Corral made a name for himself nationally as a potential Heisman candidate for 2021-22.
Now, obviously, there’s COVID and who knows what this season will hold right now? The Cup is hopeful seating capacities will be more normal, the Grove will be its good old self, and everyone is healthy. We can all sit around under the centuries old trees in the shade, drink our bourbons and be thankful things are “normal.” Fingers crossed, knock on wood and all those superstitious things.
But for now, let’s just be excited about a 12-game football season, and possibly the most anticipated Ole Miss football season in several years.
Ole Miss 2021 Football Schedule
Week 1 - Louisville
Labor Day kickoff extravaganza in Atlanta
Week 2 - Austin Peay
Looking forward to giggling when they chant “Let’s go Peay!”
Week 3 - Tulane
This should be an away game every three years
Week 4 - BYE
Week 5 - at Alabama
Probably a low scoring, defensive battle
Week 6 - Arkansas
Very normal game every year
Week 7 - at Tennessee
Kiffin back in Knoxville!!!
Week 8 - LSU
Literally the weekend before Halloween, can the SEC ever get this right?
Week 9 - at Auburn
One of the better chances to win on the Plains in years
Week 10 - Liberty
Yeah, this is going to be a thing that happens
Week 11 - Texas A&M
We have got to smack Jimbo Fisher finally
Week 12 - Vanderbilt
Huge fan of playing Vandy late in the season
Week 13 - at Mississippi St.
Egg Bowl is back as the season finale
So, obviously, nine-straight weeks of SEC play plus Hugh Freeze’s return to Oxford is not the best situation.
It would be great to have that bye week a little further along, but otherwise, the Rebels have four SEC home games that RIGHT NOW seem winnable plus at least a couple road SEC games.
If this team can conceivably go 6-2 in the SEC in Kiffin’s second year, there will be a state of hysteria in this program going into the postseason.
What are your takes on this schedule? What non-conference teams would you want to see in the future? Is Hugh Freeze currently searching his name on Twitter? Comment below or tweet @redcuprebellion with your thoughts.