Ole Miss is the defending Sugar Bowl champion. Is the SEC championship next?
The Rebels have arguably the best quarterback in the league in Chad Kelly, and that alone should be enough to a make case for the Rebels in an ultra-competitive SEC West Division.
But do the studio analysts at the SEC Network agree? The Rebels were featured in the network’s preseason prediction segment on Thursday evening.
Former Arkansas quarterback Clint Stoerner and former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers were the network personalities responsible for going through the Ole Miss schedule game-by-game. The duo started things off with a “neutral site” loss to the Seminoles in Week 1 in spite of the quarterback issues for Florida State, and also tagged the Rebels with a Week 3 home loss to Alabama even though Ole Miss holds a two-game winning streak in the series.
Rodgers and Stoerner projected a second conference loss to LSU in October, indicating that they do not believe the Rebels will be atop the SEC West standings when the dust settles. Still yet, a 9-3 prediction likely leads to a very promising bowl scenario for Ole Miss.
Here’s a look at the game-by-game breakdown from the telecast:
Overall Record: 9-3 (6-2, SEC)
Sept. 5 vs. Florida State (Orlando)– Loss
Sept. 10 vs. Wofford– Win
Sept. 17 vs. Alabama– Loss
Sept. 24 vs. Georgia– Win
Oct. 1 vs. Memphis– Win
Oct. 15 at Arkansas– Win
Oct. 22 at LSU– Loss
Oct. 29 vs. Auburn– Win
Nov. 5 vs. Georgia Southern– Win
Nov. 12 at Texas A&M– Win
Nov. 19 at Vanderbilt– Win
Nov. 26 vs. Mississippi State– Win
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) August 26, 2016