From the Mother Ship, Lots of “NFL talent” on the field tonight.
No. 18 Ole Miss vs. Boise State
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta (71, 147)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Radio: Ole Miss Network, Sirius 108, XM 190.
Records (2013): Ole Miss 8-5, Boise State 8-5
Series: First Meeting.
Coaches: Boise State – Bryan Harsin First season at Boise State, 7-5 overall. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 45-18, sixth season overall; 15-11 second season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders (2013): Boise State – RB Jay Ajayi 249-1,462 18 TD. QB Grant Hedrick 167-for-242 passing, 1,825 yards, 16 TD, 5 INT. WR Matt Miller 88 catches, 1,140 yards, 12 TD. LB Ben Weaver 89 tackles, 4 TFL. Ole Miss – RB I’Tavius Mathers 95-563, 3 TD. QB Bo Wallace 283-for-437 passing, 3,346 yards, 18 TD, 10 INT. WR Laquon Treadwell 72 catches, 608 yards, 5 TD. LB Serderius Bryant 78 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 3 sacks.
Trends: Ole Miss is 7-0 in games played in August.
Notes: Tonight begins the 120th season of football at Ole Miss. … The Rebels have won 15 of their last 18 season openers. … Ole Miss is playing in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game for the first time. … Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is the SEC’s top returning player in passing yards with 3,346. … The Rebels are relatively healthy beyond those players already injured and out for the season. DL Issac Gross (neck sprain) has been making progress, Freeze says. He missed most of camp, but it’s possible he could play in the game.
Summing it up: “They understand winning. Their program over the last 10 years, I believe, is No. 2 nationally in winning percentage. They get that.” – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze
Prediction: Ole Miss 26, Boise State 17