Ole Miss Football: Three Games To Watch Out For In 2023
In 2022 the Ole Miss Rebels started the college football season on fire with a 7-0 start. Then a trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana changed everything as they would drop to 7-1. The Rebels would proceed to win just one out of the next five games and finish the year 8-5. The majority of those losses came during in-conference games as Ole Miss Football would finish 4-4 in their SEC schedule. They look to try to improve from their past season with a better record in 2023. The schedule doesn’t look easy at all and there’s a few games that stand out. So here’s three games to watch out for in 2023 for the Ole Miss Rebels.
September 9th, at Tulane Green Wave
Ole Miss will have to travel in Week 2 to face off against nationally ranked Tulane who is coming off a 12-2 season in 2022 and won the Cotton Bowl vs the USC Trojans. From the start the Ole Miss Rebels have a tough task ahead if they want to stay anywhere near their preseason college football ranking. Going on the road to face a tough team this early spells trouble ahead for the 2023 season.
September 23rd, at Alabama Crimson Tide
The road games don’t get much tougher than this for the Ole Miss Rebels. They have to go into Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa to face Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Every season its the same for the SEC powerhouse – they don’t rebuild, they reload. 2023 should be much of the same for Alabama as they look to be a favorite in both the conference and nationally to compete for championships. Head coach Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss will have a pretty hard test here early in the college football season which should show how the rest of the year will go for the Rebels.
September 30th, vs LSU Tigers
A pretty tough opponent will be coming to Oxford late in September as the LSU Tigers come to town. The Ole Miss Rebels will try to defend home field against an LSU team that went 10-4 last season, won the SEC West Division, and won the Citrus Bowl against Purdue 63-7. That’s all in Head Coach Brian Kelly’s first season with the Tigers of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Rebels won’t have it easy trying to defend against Jayden Daniels at quarterback for LSU and the Ole Miss offense will have a hard time passing or rushing against the Tigers defense led by linebacker Harold Perkins Jr.. Ole Miss Football will definitely struggle in this SEC game to close out the month of September.
2023 Record Prediction: 6-6
With the Ole Miss Rebels having such a treacherous road ahead this college football season, things don’t look bright. Besides these three games I’ve mentioned, Ole Miss plays the Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Texas A&M Aggies, Georgia Bulldogs, and Mississippi State Bulldogs. Even if quarterback Jaxson Dart has a good season statistically, I don’t think that will be enough to overcome the tough schedule in 2023.