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After playing two different positions earlier during his time at Ole Miss — quarterback and wide receiver — senior Randall Mackey has found a new home at running back this season. It’s been a long process from where he started to now, but at running back, Mackey is finally starting to see the results...

  1. Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC, 1st last week)   If anyone wasn’t already impressed with Alabama in the first two weeks of the season, they have to be after the Crimson Tide trampled the Arkansas Razorbacks on the road last weekend 52-0. Although Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson was sidelined with a head injury, it’s still really impressive what Nick...

Thomas Graning | The Daily Mississippian Ole Miss had an opportunity to land a marquee win against a top-10 team and prevailed in impressive fashion. The Rebels held the 10th-ranked Missouri Tigers (12-3, 1-1 SEC) scoreless for the first 6:37 of the game, while building a nine-point lead. Ole Miss never looked back and won 64-49 in front of an announced crowd of 9,173...

Austin McAfee | The Daily Mississippian Ole Miss’ 38-17 win over Pittsburgh in Saturday’s BBVA Compass Bowl not only gave the Rebels their seventh win and a winning record, it was a perfect way to end head coach Hugh Freeze’s first year at the helm. When Freeze took over, five wins was a stretch and getting to a bowl game was going to be near impossible....

    Quentin Winstine | The Daily Mississippian BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Ole Miss punctuated a turnaround season with a 38-17 win against Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham on Saturday. A five-win improvement and the program’s first winning season since 2009 sends the Rebels (7-6) into an offseason filled with optimism.  “It’s more important now...

Quentin Winstine | The Daily Mississippian   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Ole Miss returned to postseason play for the first time since 2010. In front of a BBVA Compass Bowl-record 59,135 fans, the Rebels cruised to a 38-17 win over Pittsburgh to finish the season 7-6, the program’s first winning season since 2009.    It was the program’s fifth-straight bowl win,...

 1. How much will the long layoff effect Ole Miss?  Matt Sigler (@SigNewton_2): I think the long layoff will show early in the game, but eventually, I believe Ole Miss will settle in and not have any problems getting things back on track.  David Collier (@DavidLCollier): There’s no doubt it will have an effect on both teams, and with the two different...

  Ole Miss and Pittsburgh are two of the most evenly matched teams in the bowl schedule this season, so Saturday’s BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., should be a fun one to watch.   Here’s who has the advantage at each position.   Quarterback   Ole Miss sophomore Bo Wallace has had a good season, throwing for 2,843 yards and 19...

  When Ole Miss takes on Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, it may be one of the most interesting matchups of the bowl season.   Why?   On paper, the Rebels and the Panthers are very similar, especially on the offensive side of the ball.  Points per game: Ole Miss – 30.9, Pittsburgh – 27.4   Total...

I stepped on to the Ole Miss football beat for The Daily Mississippian at the beginning of the 2010 football season and immediately realized that the Ole Miss football program, which had won 18 games and back-to-back Cotton Bowls over the past two seasons, was headed in a drastically different direction. The Rebels lost 49-48 that day in double overtime against Jacksonville...