Last season, Ole Miss lost three SEC games to LSU, Auburn and Arkansas. This year, they’ll have to defeat those three teams in order to win the SEC West. The Rebels just took down Auburn, and now the Razorbacks are in Ole Miss’ crosshairs.
The Razorbacks, much like last season, are not having the year they wanted, while Ole Miss still has plenty to play for. However, that didn’t mean too much in last year’s contest, where Arkansas dominated the Rebels 30-0 in Fayetteville.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze remembers that game. It was the second time in his coaching career to be shut out, and he’s motivated to turn it around this week.
“(I’m) a competitor, and I’m an offensive coach,” Freeze told reporters Monday. “Trust me, as soon as we were able to turn our attention from Auburn, that was on my mind. I like getting another shot at that. It motivates me.”
The Rebels outgained the Razorbacks last year 316 to 311, but Ole Miss had six turnovers.
Freeze enters this year’s home game with an offense that sits atop most offensive categories in the SEC. Add the fact that Arkansas is coming off a performance in which it gave up 380 passing yards to UT-Martin, and Freeze has a reason to feel confident.
Freeze doesn’t want what happened last year to be on the minds of his players, but he admitted that he has some personal motivation to put together a better offensive game plan.
“I won’t talk to our players about that. I’ll just put the film on,” Freeze said. “Arkansas can speak for itself when they play the way they have the past few weeks against Alabama, Tennessee and Auburn. That should motivate our players. The other is just a personal motivation.”
Needless to say, it should be fun to see what Freeze draws up against the Razorbacks.