From the Mother Ship, it was a breakout game against Boise for wide receiver Cody Core, and it came at a position that was in need of someone to elevate their play.
Here’s redshirt freshman running back Jordan Wilkins from earlier in the week. The Rebels ran better when Mark Dodson and Wilkins were in the game. It’s important to note that Boise was leg weary at the time. That’s not to discount the runs by Dodson and Wilkins, but that does play into run game success. That said, I would expect to see one or both of those guys earlier in the game today.
Where: LP Field, Nashville (67,000)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m.
Radio: Ole Miss Network, Sirius 134, XM 201.
Records: Ole Miss 1-0, Vanderbilt 0-1
Series: Ole Miss leads 48-38-2
Coaches: Vanderbilt – Derek Mason First season at Vanderbilt, 0-1, first overall. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 46-18, sixth season overall; 16-11 second season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders: Vanderbilt – RB Ralph Webb 14-70, 0 TD. QB Stephen Rivers 12-for-25 passing, 186 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT. WR Latevius Rayford 4 catches, 43 yards, 0 TD. SS Oren Burkes 6 tackles, 2 PBU. Ole Miss – RB Mark Dodson 4-27, 1 TD. QB Bo Wallace 25-for-36 passing, 387 yards, 4 TD, 3 INT. WR Laquon Treadwell 7 catches, 105 yards, 1 TD, WR Cody Core 4 catches, 110 yards, 2 TD. CB Mike Hilton 9 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT.
Trends: Ole Miss visited Nashville twice last season and won both times – at Vanderbilt to open the regular season and at LP Field to close the season in the Music City Bowl.
Notes: Ole Miss is opening SEC play on the road for the 10th time in 12 years. … Ole Miss is opening league play with Vanderbilt for the sixth time in the last eight years. … Ole Miss has 13 players from Tennessee. Among the most notable are QB Bo Wallace and RB’s I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton. … Derek Mason is Vanderbilt’s 15th head coach since World War II. … The Vanderbilt roster has three players from Mississippi: DT Vince Taylor (Oak Grove), DB Jahmel McIntosh (Cleveland) and OL Campbell Vise (Jackson). … The Rebels and Commodores combined for 815 yards last year, 489 by the Rebels. Ole Miss won 39-35.
Summing it up: “You turn it over seven times, and I don’t know who is going to win. That’s what happened the other night, and I don’t expect it to happen this week.” – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on Vanderbilt’s seven turnovers in a 37-7 loss to Temple
Prediction: Ole Miss 33, Vanderbilt 13