A look at how Ole Miss opponents did during the Rebels’ open date week …
– Tweets come out of the northeast described Vanderbilt as lethargic as the Commodores pulled away late to win 24-7 at winless UMass, which had been outscored 106-21 in its previous three games. “Red flags” remain for the Dores, wrote Jeff Lockridge of the Tennesseean.
– Southeast Missouri lost 36-19 to rival Southern Illinois in a game played at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
– Texas played with emotion I thought I’d have seen from the Longhorns against Ole Miss in its 31-21 home win over Kansas State in the Big 12 opener. Run defense was better, although K-State played two one-dimensional quarterbacks. One was clearly the passer, the other clearly the runner, allowing little guesswork for new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson. Getting QB David Ash back was a boost to Texas as well.
– Alabama was businesslike in its 31-6 win over Colorado State. The Rams were competitive through three quarters, trailing just 17-6 minutes into the fourth. Alabama was just 2-for-10 on third-down conversions.
– LSU was dominant at times but couldn’t put away Auburn in a 35-21 win. Auburn, down 35-14, almost recovered on on-side kick in the fourth quarter. Both teams produced more than 430 yards of offense and had 100-yard rushers, 132 for Auburn’s Tre Mason and 184 for LSU’s Jeremy Hill. The teams also combined for five turnovers.
– Johnny Manziel had 346 total yards and three touchdowns in Texas A&M’s 42-13 win over SMU.
– Idaho, under new coach Paul Petrino, lost 42-0 to Washington State to drop to 0-4.
– Arkansas led 24-7 at Rutgers and lost 28-24 to fall to 3-1. The Razorbacks have beaten La.-Lafayette, Samford and Southern Miss.
– Troy, which has been putting up a lot of yards and points this season, lost 62-7 at Mississippi State. MSU QB Dak Prescott was responsible for four touchdowns. Tyler Russell (concussion) was cleared to play but did not. Afterward MSU coach Dan Mullen said Russell is his starting quarterback.
– Missouri had 623 yards in a 45-28 win over Indiana and is 3-0. There was some level of hot seat talk for Missouri coach Gary Pinkel before the season began.