It may not sound like much, but a stable schedule can do wonders for a football team as it prepares for a game.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze knows that firsthand, and he’s going to do everything he can to make sure his team is prepared when it faces Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.
Last season, the Rebels played in a New Year’s Six bowl game, and TCU ran Ole Miss out of the building. While it certainly wasn’t the cause for the poor performance, Freeze is adamant that poor scheduling in preparation for the game last year played a role, and he wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“I didn’t like our schedule when we got there,” Freeze said of last year. “We were all over the place. We’d practice in the morning one time and the afternoon the next time. It was our choosing. This year, it won’t be that way. We’ll practice at the same time every day at the same place. And I’ve lengthened the time we’ll be here before we break for Christmas.
“When we get (to New Orleans), we’re attacking it different.”
The new preparation schedule begins Monday, as the Rebels kickoff a set of practices in Oxford, Miss., that will run through next Monday. Then, players will be dismissed to go home for Christmas holidays.
The players will report to New Orleans on Dec. 26 and will practice in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as they prepare to the face the Cowboys, who went 10-2 this season but dropped the last two games of the regular season to Baylor and Oklahoma.