Class of 13’s win total has been one of Ole Miss’ best in a three-year window

With one game remaining as a complete group Hugh Freeze’s 2013 signing class has totaled 26 wins.

That ties for the most in a three-year stretch since the Kennedy administration.

John Vaught’s Ole Miss teams from 1961-1963 posted 26 wins.

If Ole Miss wins its bowl game it will break that tie but won’t surpass Vaught’s 1960-62 run of 29 wins. That incredible streak of success for Vaught also came when fewer games were played each season.

Below is a post I put together just before kickoff against Arkansas. That day would turn out to be the Rebels’ only loss in that five-game stretch of SEC West games to close the regular season.

The 2013 signing class, at least those members that will declare early for the NFL draft, has a minimum of four and a maximum of six games remaining beginning today.

Not all will leave early for the NFL draft, of course, but the biggest names will. We are watching the last Ole Miss days of Laremy Tunsil, Robert Nkemdiche and Laquon Treadwell.

Not long after the season we’ll look back on what Hugh Freeze and these players were able to accomplish.

Going into this Arkansas game the group has posted 24 wins. That ties it with two other “eras” for the most wins in a three-year stretch since John Vaught and Billy Kinard teams posted 25 wins from 1969-1971.

One of those eras can largely be credited to the Class of 13, but we’ll call it the Bo Wallace Era.

Freeze’s first three years resulted in seven, eight and nine wins – 24 total. The 13 group came in Freeze’s second year.

The Eli Era, just like the Bo Era, netted 24 wins. David Cutcliffe’s teams were 7-4 when Eli was a redshirt sophomore starter, 7-6 when he was a junior and 10-3 his senior year.

Vaught’s teams from 1961-1963 posted 26 wins.

The Class of 13 needs five more wins to tie Vaught’s three-year window from 1960-1962. That stretch included two unbeaten teams were SEC champions and recognized as national champions.

The 1960 team went 10-0-1, tied 6-6 by LSU on homecoming in Oxford. It went on to beat Rice 14-6 in the Sugar Bowl.

Two years later the Rebels went 10-0 and defeated Arkansas 17-13 in the Sugar Bowl.

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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