Way too early in the press box today, but you pick up on some scuttlebutt, like Kirk Herbstreit’s flight has been delayed by weather but is expected to land about three hours before kickoff.
Also overheard was camera guys were told to be aware of No. 19 for Ole Miss, a freshman — that would be Derrick Jones — who hasn’t played much but is expected to cover Texas A&M’s 6-foot-5 wide receiver Mike Evans.
And Archie is expected to be here too.
A band of rain showers has moved through, and things have cleared up a bit.
Here’s our advance from the Mother Ship that focused on Jones this morning.
And here’s tonight’s game at a glance;
No. 9 Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580), Oxford
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: Ole Miss Network; Sirius 93, XM 199
Records: Ole Miss 3-2, 1-2 SEC; Texas A&M 4-1, 1-1 SEC
Series: Texas A&M leads 5-0
Coaches: Texas A&M – Kevin Sumlin 15-3 second season at Texas A&M, 51-20 seventh season overall. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 40-15, fifth season overall; 10-8 second season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders: Texas A&M – QB Johnny Manziel 48-314 3 TDs. QB Johnny Manziel 100-for-140 passing, 1,489 yards, 14 TD, 4 INT. WR Mike Evans 28 catches, 691 yards, 5 TD. DB Howard Matthews 36 tackles, 4 PBUs. Ole Miss – RB Jeff Scott 49-424, 2 TD. QB Bo Wallace 98-for-166 passing, 1,143 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT. WR Laquon Treadwell 24 catches, 250 yards, 0 TD. LB Serderius Bryant 43 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack.
Trends: Last season was the Aggies’ first visit to Oxford, a 30-27 comeback win. … Ole Miss is playing at home for only the second time this season with five straight home games to follow. … Ole Miss last defeated a top 10 team on Nov. 21, 2009, a 27-25 win over No. 8 LSU in Oxford.
Notes: The game matches the SEC’s top passing offense with A&M averaging 365 passing yards against an Ole Miss defense ranked second in the league in pass defense with 185.6 yards per game allowed. … The Rebels are fifth in the SEC in net punting at 39.7 yards per kick. … Ole Miss RB Jeff Scott rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown against A&M last year. … Bo Wallace passed for 305 yards and a touchdown but also threw two interceptions. … Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief has had 12 catches over his last two games.
Summing it up: “Obviously were not happy with where we are, but thank God we’re not where we used to be.” – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze
Prediction: Texas A&M 41, Ole Miss 30