Bulldogs, Rebels home for SEC challenges

By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal


Ole Miss and Mississippi State are each at home against SEC opponents for Week 7 of college football.
The Rebels’ SEC losing streak reached 16 games in perhaps its most painful manner yet Saturday night as they lost a 10-point lead in the last 6 minutes, 24 seconds to fall to Texas A&M 30-27 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
MSU remained unbeaten with a business-like 27-14 win at struggling Kentucky.
The Bulldogs are 5-0, and this Saturday’s game against Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 SEC) could be the last challenge between MSU and a 7-0 record going into an Oct. 27 trip to Alabama.
The Bulldogs, now No. 19 in the AP poll, will entertain Middle Tennessee on Oct. 20.
Tennessee was off on Saturday. The Vols will visit Starkville trying to end an 13-game losing streak against ranked foes.
The Rebels will try to break their league skid against an Auburn (1-4, 0-3) team that has scored just two offensive touchdowns in three SEC games.
The question facing Ole Miss against Auburn will be how the Rebels, who were playing with confidence during a 3-1 start, respond to disappointment.
“I know it’s disappointing. You pour your heart into this,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “But we’ll get past it and move on to Auburn. We’ll get them motivated.”
The Tigers lost 24-7 at home to Arkansas on Saturday. Auburn coach Gene Chizik had stuck with athletic Kiehl Frazier as his starting quarterback, but backup Clint Moseley played the second half and threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter.
Auburn also had a fumble in the fourth quarter and had five turnovers for the game.
Turnovers were a problem for Ole Miss – but not in the manner one might expect – as Texas A&M rallied to win its first SEC road game.
The Rebels had just two turnovers while forcing six. One Ole Miss turnover, however, was an interception returned for a touchdown, the other an interception that killed a chance to tie or win in the final seconds. Both were thrown by Bo Wallace.
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