A New Season
Of course, its way too early to tell just how good this Ole Miss football team will be. However, we can look at the returning team and expect it to be as good or better than 2017. Ole Miss began the season strong and then hit a learning curve for an interim head coach and his young staff.
There were some game which Ole Miss should have won and certainly some which we could have looked better. However, the 2017 Rebels team was under the gun the whole season as a result of the cloud of impending sanctions. There were already rumors about players transferring and distractions from legal cases pertaining to the NCAA investigation.
For the Rebels to have improved as the season progressed and then finish the season at 6-6 was pretty good considering. To get that sixth win over your in-state rival in a 31-28 Egg Bowl win was priceless. This 2018 season, without the distractions, we can obviously expect this team to improve over last season. Let’s take a look at the schedule.
The 2018 Schedule
- Sept 1, 2018 Texas Tech Houston, Texas
- Sept 8, 2018 Southern Illinois Oxford
- Sept 15, 2018 Alabama Oxford
- Sept 22, 2018 Kent State Oxford
- Sept 29, 2018 LSU Baton Rouge
- Oct 6, 2018 Louisiana-Monroe Oxford
- Oct 13, 2018 Arkansas Little Rock
- Oct 20, 2018 Auburn Oxford
- Nov 3, 2018 South Carolina Oxford
- Nov 10, 2018 Texas A&M College Station
- Nov 17, 2018 Vanderbilt Nashville
- Nov 22, 2018 State College Oxford
No this is not an easy schedule and starting right out of the gate with Texas Tech will be tough. Of course, in week three we get the national champion Crimson Tide in Oxford. The schedule really doesn’t get any easier as we travel to Baton Rouge, Little Rock, College Station and Nashville. Luckily in addition to Bama we do get Auburn, South Carolina and Miss State at home.
It is really difficult to look at this schedule and see what a final record could be for Ole Miss football in 2018. However with this team being able to go out and perform without a never-ending cloud of uncertainty will help them. Whether they go 6-6 again or 9-3 at least that much will be an improvement over 2017. I know many Ole Miss football fans are excited to finally move on. Of course, most of us are just ready for the season to hurry up and get here. More on 2018 to come. Hotty Toddy!