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Countdown to Ole Miss football 2021: 54 days

Kiffin’s year two offense finna average 54 points imo.

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

As Ole Miss fans reach the dog days of summer, it is still about two months away from college sports returning to our lives, which is #sad.

HOWEVER, the staff here at The Cup are counting down the days until the Rebels hit the field against Louisville in Atlanta on Sept. 6 (Labor Day!). This likely won’t be a daily series, but we will be assigning certain significance to each number in the countdown. For instance, today marks 54 days until kickoff, therefore, what is significant in the world of Ole Miss about the No. 54? That, my friends, is why I am employed.

I’m a mathematician*, therefore, do not check me on any of this because it’s all correct.

*Where’s my math degree, you ask? Oh, look, there’s Jason Pellerin preparing for his 13th season of Ole Miss football! [runs away]

5 + 4 = 9

9 = Jerrion Ealy

That’s right, friends, today is the first Jerrion Ealy day in our countdown. Every day is a good day to honor Jerrion Ealy and his contributions to this otherwise dark and cruel world, but today especially. It is, after all, his day. No, I don’t make the rules; I just follow them.

Ealy is a part of a stacked Ole Miss backfield returning this season alongside names like HENRY PARRISH JR. and SNO(OOOOOO)OP CONNER, but there are rumblings in the streets about Ealy potentially seeing time split out wide this season in Kiffin’s offense. Get him the ball in space and make him hurt defenses. I like the idea.

Here’s to you, Jerrion.

5 – 4 = 1

1 = Jonathan Mingo

Yes, another math trick built into this holiday. Mingo is a part of a committee of Ole Miss wideouts that will be called on to collectively replace the production of Elijah Moore. I’ve been high on Mingo since he signed, and I think if he stays healthy, he can be a big contributor this season. Just my opinion, though.

So what countdown days should we dissect with Ole Miss moments in history? Comment below or tweet @redcuprebellion on Twitter with your ideas. Start the clock you filthy animals.