With a showdown in Oxford against Texas A&M on the horizon, it would be easy for No. 13 Ole Miss to overlook Memphis this weekend.
But this isn’t just any Memphis team. This is a team with offensive playmakers that could present a dangerous threat to a Rebels defense that has struggled a bit recently. Add in the fact that Memphis is undefeated, expecting a sellout crowd and folks around Memphis are pegging this as the biggest game in Tigers history, there’s plenty of reasons for Ole Miss not to overlook Memphis.
Well, you can go ahead and add one more.
Ole Miss walked into the Liberty Bowl on Sept. 6, 2003 with a dynamic playmaker at quarterback. His name was Eli Manning. The Rebels entered with hopes of a special season, but Memphis, led by star running back DeAngelo Williams, had other plans.
Manning threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns for Ole Miss, but Williams had 135 rushing yards and two total touchdowns for the Tigers. His quarterback, Danny Wimprine, threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns.
Memphis won in a shootout 44-34.
Ole Miss went on to have an impressive season, but that further proves that you can’t take a Memphis team with big time weapons lightly.
Earlier this week, Freeze said Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch was one of the best the Rebels’ will have faced in Freeze’s tenure. It’s an opportunity teams like Memphis don’t get every year, and the Tigers are ready to make the most of it.
Ole Miss has won the last six meetings in the series, including a 24-3 win in Oxford last season.