As Ole Miss plays its 10th-straight game without a break, Hugh Freeze is closely monitoring his players’ health in what have become more physical practice.
Arkansas at No. 19 Ole Miss
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (59,347)
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m.
Radio: Ole Miss Network, Sirius 145, XM 191.
Records: Ole Miss 7-2, 4-1; Arkansas 4-4, 2-2
Series: Arkansas leads 32-28-1
Coaches: Arkansas – Bret Bielema 82-43 10th year, 14-19 third year at Arkansas. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 61-24, seventh season overall; 31-17 fourth season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders: Arkansas – RB Alex Collins 166-960, 12 TD. QB Brandon Allen 141-for-233 passing, 2,034 yards, 15 TD, 5 INT. WR Drew Morgan 35 catches, 498 yards, 6 TD. DB Brooks Ellis 66 tackles, 5 TFL. Ole Miss – RB Jaylen Walton 100-506, 3 TD. QB – Chad Kelly 213-for-327 passing, 2,856 yards, 20 TD, 12 INT. WR Laquon Treadwell 61 catches, 870 yards, 6 TD. LB Denzel Nkemdiche 49 tackles, 5 1-2 TFL.
Trends: The last two Ole Miss opponents have completed less than 50 percent of their pass attempts. … Hugh Freeze is 2-1 against Arkansas as Ole Miss coach. … After losing four games prior, Ole Miss has a 4-3 edge in the last seven games.
Notes: Ole Miss end Marquise Haynes has four sacks in his last two games and has been named SEC defensive lineman of the week the last two weeks. … Ole Miss leads the SEC in several major categories on offense including scoring (39.4 ppg), total offense (519.6 ypg), passing offense (346.7 ypg) and first downs (235). … Ole Miss has won four of its first five SEC games for only the third time in 25 years.
Summing it up: “There were several pictures of him from the A&M game in the crowd with the defense, getting knocked over. He’s losing his voice, but he’s bringing a lot of energy to the team and helping us play better.” – Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell on Hugh Freeze’s recent increased role with the defense
Prediction: Ole Miss 31, Arkansas 23