Confident Rebels

Expect to hear the word “opportunity” around Ole Miss this week, and a great one it is for the Rebels as they get ready for a visit from No. 14 Texas.

The Rebels have lost their last nine games against ranked opponents, their last win coming against No. 18 Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl following the 2009 season.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was quite pleased with his team’s 28-10 win over UTEP in the postgame that followed Saturday night. Freeze is upbeat by nature, but there was an extra spring in his step. Still, he resisted the temptation to suggest that the Rebels are anything other than they were described in the off-season. Freeze returned to the “wilderness” theme and spoke of the talent and depth issues facing his team.

He also spoke of the “opportunity” of the Texas game.

The Rebels may truly still be in the wilderness — Texas will provide a good measuring stick as to the exact location of Ole Miss football — but at least they’re there with the confidence that comes from winning twice in two games and amassing more than 500 yards each time. Confident Rebels

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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