2015 Record: 10-3
2016 Las Vegas Season Win Total: 8.5
2016 Season Win Total Picks NCAA Football: 'Under'
Mississippi is coming off one of its best-ever seasons, winning 10 games for just the third time in over 50 years. You would expect that to give the Rebels some positive momentum coming into this season. But a bit of a pall was cast over Ole Miss this offseason after losing three star juniors to the NFL and enduring the draft night controversy surrounding Laremy Tunsil, with allegations of NCAA violations.
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Ole Miss may enter this season with some questions, but that doesn't diminish its expectations. Highly-touted recruiting classes the past several years mean that they should be able to withstand the talent drain. The Rebels have the best quarterback in the SEC, Chad Kelly, and will be plugging in former top recruits to fill the holes left by graduation and the draft.
However, they entered last season with 16 returning starters and are now down to 10. Last year 10 of those 16 guys were three-year starters, whereas this season just four players are entering their third year in the lineup. Ole Miss may still have a load of talent. But there's no way that they can replace that level of experience overnight.
Ole Miss's young players will get a baptism by fire this season. They will take on Florida State and Alabama, two national title contenders, in their first three games of the season. Throw in another tricky game against Georgia and then back-to-back mid-October road games at Arkansas and at LSU and that is one of the toughest schedules in the country.
Even if Ole Miss were able to leave LSU with a 4-3 record, they would still have to win out down the stretch in order to beat this season win total. I don't see it happening. The Rebels have increased their win total in all four years under Hugh Freeze. But I think that they are rebuilding this season and won't win more than eight games. I'd play this one 'under'.
2016 Ole Miss Rebels Schedule
DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET) Location
Mon, Sep 5th, 2016 at Florida St. 08:00 PM Camping World Stadium
Sat, Sep 10th, 2016 Wofford 04:00 PM Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ho
Sat, Sep 17th, 2016 Alabama 03:30 PM Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ho
Sat, Sep 24th, 2016 Georgia 01:00 PM Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ho
Sat, Oct 1st, 2016 Memphis 01:00 PM Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ho
Sat, Oct 15th, 2016 at Arkansas 01:00 PM Donald W. Reynolds Razorback S
Sat, Oct 22nd, 2016 at LSU 01:00 PM Tiger Stadium
Sat, Oct 29th, 2016 Auburn 01:00 PM Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ho
Sat, Nov 5th, 2016 Ga.Southern 01:00 PM Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ho
Sat, Nov 12th, 2016 at Texas_A&m 01:00 PM Kyle Field
Sat, Nov 19th, 2016 at Vanderbilt 01:00 PM Vanderbilt Stadium
Sat, Nov 26th, 2016 Miss_State 01:00 PM Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Ho
All Times EST
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