Happy Friday, Ole Miss fans.
The end of the week is finally here, and kickoff for No. 22 Ole Miss’ showdown against No. 15 LSU is just a little over 24 hours away. The game doesn’t have SEC West title implications like once thought, but there’s still plenty to play for in this year’s Magnolia Bowl.
Here are two things to know:
- After being in the intensive care unit of an Oxford hospital since Monday, Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche made some progress in his status Thursday. Nkemdiche was “up and talking,” according to an Associated Press report, which quoted Nkemdiche’s father.
- Later Thursday, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and the Nkemdiche family released a statement on the senior linebacker’s status and noted his status is not life-threatening. However, Nkemdiche will not play Saturday against the Tigers.
Other Ole Miss news from around the Internet
- Everyone talks about star defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche when referencing Ole Miss’ defensive line, so sophomore defensive end Marquis Haynes gets lost in the shuffle. However, Haynes, who is second in the SEC in sacks, is beginning to make a name for himself and was featured Thursday by ESPN.com’s Greg Ostendorf.
- CBS Sports’ Chip Patterson had CBS Sports’ analyst Gary Danielson on his podcast this week. Like a number of other experts, Danielson doesn’t know what to expect when the Rebels and Tigers clash in Oxford, Miss.
- Ole Miss lost its first game of the season in basketball Thursday. The Rebels lost 68-62 to George Mason in a tournament in Charleston, S.C., and more importantly, ruined an opportunity to play Oklahoma State and potentially Virginia to strengthen its schedule.
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