Saturday’s game between Ole Miss and Liberty is bound to be a little weird.
There’s some Rebel fans who see it as a homecoming for the former head coach Hugh Freeze. There’s some Rebel fans who are hoping for a 5 or 6 touchdown win over the disgraced former ball coach.
Despite the drama that will only be on the minds of fans and maybe some folks in the athletics department, the Rebel football players have seemingly kept the “let’s go 1-0 this week” mindset. It’s really all you need to know about this game outside of Liberty quarterback Malik Willis.
I have few doubts Willis is going to make some good to great plays at times on Saturday, and it will be super frustrating when that happens. But ultimately, Ole Miss has to do more than just go through the motions and show Liberty what an SEC team can do.
Matt Corral figures to play, but he is clearly not at 100 percent and likely won’t be the remainder of the season. His wide receiver room is decimated with injuries, but last week he found a couple options in the passing game to at least make the game with Auburn interesting.
Ole Miss first and foremost needs to win the turnover margin, and the Rebels need to come out fast and put the first couple scores on the board. Lane Kiffin and his squad seem to be resilient in playing from behind in the few occasions where that has happened, but this game just needs to be what analysts expect - a two touchdown margin kind of win.
Chance Campbell and Jake Springer will undoubtedly be called on a lot to contain Willis, and while this defense may not have prototypical size at every position, these two players, if they can play at 100 percent, can get the job done.
Early kickoff set for 11 a.m. - I’ll have my servings of fruits and vegetables drank by then for sure.
Line: Ole Miss -10
How to watch
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Miss.
When: 11am CDT
TV: SEC Network
Online streaming: WatchESPN