Pack the mimosas and Bloody Mary’s — it’s 11 a.m. kickoff time in Oxford.
The No. 17 Ole Miss Rebels (3-1, 0-1 SEC) and No. 13 Arkansas Razorbacks (4-1, 1-1 SEC) are primed for a game with pretty significant if not enormous implications. First, a chance to put itself back into the SEC Western division race with a top 25 win; second, solidifying a spot in the bowl picture with either a fourth or fifth victory on the year; finally, revenge for the Rebels for last season or adding to a win streak for the Hogs.
Ultimately, this is one of those games Ole Miss fans counted in the win column prior to the season starting. If you are a fan of head coach Lane Kiffin, you expect him to be able to outcoach and outplan Sam Pittman and losing two in a row to this program is just not something many fans will be ready to swallow.
Arkansas is at the tail-end of a tough three game stretch — neutral site vs. Texas A&M, at Georgia and now at Ole Miss. There’s no doubt that is a brutal stretch no matter what talent level you have on a team.
Meanwhile, the Rebels were just handed a wake-up call by the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Ole Miss is still without wide receiver Jonathan Mingo, and the loss of his place on the roster remains to be seen. If Heisman candidate Matt Corral comes back in a big way, it could mean coaches found a way to overcome the loss of Mingo with more time. Honestly, it’s what I expect to happen.
There’s going to be a million mentions of last season’s six interception game against the Hogs. To me, if it isn’t a motivating factor to just drop half a hundred on a team, I don’t know what is. Here’s to getting our servings of vegetables via tomato juice and a W at home!
Line: Ole Miss -6
How to watch
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Miss.
When: 11am CDT
Online streaming: WatchESPN