A couple of quick notes on the Rebels’ fast start on offense.
Through two games last year Ole Miss had scored 10 touchdowns, nine of them by the offense.
Through two games this season it has scored 21 touchdowns, 18 by the offense.
The Rebels also had a fast start on offense last year scoring 35, 41 and 56 points in the first three games.
So there are some similarities between last year’s fast start and this year’s.
The Rebels, of course, were not able to maintain that pace last year. There were different factors that played into that. Injuries did at the end of the year, but there was inconsistency in a big game at LSU before Laquon Treadwell got hurt.
Subtract the LSU game and Ole Miss scored 41 (Vanderbilt), 23 (Alabama), 35 (Texas A&M), 34 (Tennessee) and 31 (Auburn) in games in SEC games in which Treadwell played. That’s pretty good.
Without him the Rebels were shut out at Arkansas, scored 31 against MSU and were held to a field goal by TCU.
I thought Treadwell looked a lot better in Week 2 than Week 1.
Because of what he can do with the football these Ole Miss receivers are getting open, and Chad Kelly is taking advantage.
The Rebels’ success has a lot of that has to do with the offensive line and running game. A lot of it has to do with the arm strength, touch and poise that Kelly has shown in two games.
It’s unwise to get amped up about the big numbers Ole Miss is putting up right now.
Clearly Alabama will present a challenge this offense has not yet seen.
But this offense just feels different right now, and I think it will perform much better than the last one Ole Miss took to Tuscaloosa that was shut out 25-0 in 2013.