The Ole Miss Rebels have been doing a great job on an important part of the scoreboard, but not on another less important one.
Coach Hugh Freeze’s team has been putting up plenty of points offensively, but has been getting outclocked in time of possession battles so far this season.
The Rebels enter Saturday’s game against LSU ranked No. 127th out of 128 FBS teams in time of possession.
“That’s who we’ve been since we’ve been here and we’ve won a lot of games,” Freeze said Wednesday during the SEC coaches’ teleconference. “It is something we pay attention to but not one we are overly concerned about.”
In those games, however, Ole Miss has averaged 39.7 points per game, good for third in the conference, less than a point per game behind Texas A&M for second. Last week’s 34-30 loss to Arkansas was the team’s lowest offensive output of the season.
The No. 23 Rebels (3-3, 1-2 SEC) play at the No. 25 Tigers (4-2, 2-1) at 9 p.m. ET Saturday in Baton Rogue.
Freeze, who coached on now-LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron’s staff when he was at Mississippi, said his former boss has a talented team after taking over for Les Miles, who was fired last month.
“They’re as athletic and as good as anybody we’ve faced,” Freeze said. “Coach Orgeron added a lot of excitement and energy.
“It makes it much easier to get ready for one when you see the type of team we have to face on Saturday night.”