Low key Rebels

Moving into the AP top 10 hasn’t changed the perspective for Ole Miss players who say they’re not focused on the ranking but are more focused on having a better experience after a second-consecutive 3-0 start.

The Rebels were were 3-0 last year against what would be considered by most a stronger three-game set. Vanderbilt was better, and Texas, while struggling, was still Texas, and the Rebels were on the road.

Boise State will turn out to be a good football team, and I think November you’ll be able to look back at the Rebels’ season opener and count it a quality win.

Both Vanderbilt and La.-Lafayette were expected to be better than they’ve shown in the early going.

The good news for the Rebels is they’ve responded to weaker opponents as you should with an in-ward focus and working to correct mistakes. Ole Miss has been very efficient on offense since the first half against Boise.

There’s still improvement to make, specifically in the run game, but the run game was better from Week 2 to Week 3.

Also from the Mother Ship, the Monday notebook includes the Open Week plan, defensive confidence and the improvement of freshman OL Rod Taylor.

It’s all here.

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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