Texas vs Ole Miss: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More
Texas has started the season off in style, going 2-0 and outscoring its opponents, 82-17.
Ole Miss, on the other hand, has a new head coach in Hugh Freeze and has already won more games (two) than it did all of last season.
David Ash gets the start for the Longhorns on Saturday, as junior college transfer Bo Wallace starts for the Rebels.
Let's take a look at the matchup as Ole Miss hosts Texas.
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
When: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:15 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Line: -10.5 Texas, via ScoresAndOdds.com
What's At Stake?
Texas is seeking its first conference championship since the 2009 season, when the Longhorns made it to the BCS Championship Game.
Despite facing unranked teams in the first two weeks of the season, there has been a lot to be proud of in Austin. The play of sophomore quarterback David Ash has been particularly impressive. The defense has also stepped up, allowing just 8.5 points per game, tied for eighth in the FBS with LSU.
The Longhorns face a tough task in the Big 12 this season. Four other teams in the conference, including No. 5 Oklahoma, are ranked.
As for Ole Miss, the Rebels are looking for their first conference title since the 1963 season and their first division title since the 2003 season.
The Rebels already have as many wins (two) as they did all of last season, trying to bounce back from a 2-10 campaign that saw them go winless in the SEC.
So far, quarterback Bo Wallace and receiver Donte Moncrief have starred.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
PK Anthony Fera, Groin, Day-to-Day
LB D.T. Shackleford, Knee, OUT for season
What They're Saying
Texas should employ a run-heavy offense throughout the season, but head coach Mack Brown wants quarterback David Ash to improve throwing the ball deep.
Ash has completed 73.5 percent of his passes this season, but he has yet to show consistency stretching the defense and he was short twice to junior receiver Mike Davis against New Mexico over the weekend.
Brown said, according to the Associated Press, via the Standard-Times, "You have to go get more explosive plays in the passing game."
Former Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze has done a good job with the Rebels so far, predictably going with an up-tempo offense.
That has worked with quarterback Bo Wallace. As ESPN points out, Texas expressed interest in Wallace coming out of junior college. They ultimately decided not to go after him and now Wallace is a starter at Ole Miss in just his first season.
Texas Player to Watch: David Ash, QB
Last season, Texas quarterbacks (including Ash) completed just 57.8 percent of their passes (73rd in the nation) while averaging 6.9 yards per attempt (69th) and tossing 15 interceptions.
In his first season with the Longhorns, Ash completed 56.9 percent of his passes while averaging 6.2 yards per attempt and tossing four touchdowns to eight interceptions.
So far, Ash is off to a good start, completing 73.5 percent of his passes for 7.69 yards per attempt while tossing three touchdowns to no interceptions.
Texas has a strong defense and a powerful running game. Ash will decide how far the Longhorns ultimately go.
Ole Miss Player to Watch: Bo Wallace, QB
After rallying Ole Miss past Central Arkansas in Week 1, Bo Wallace got the start in Week 2 against UTEP and responded by going 15-of-22 for 174 yards and three touchdowns.
Wallace also added 53 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Wallace is doing everything right so far, but he hasn't been seriously tested yet, either. The Longhorns figure to test him.
Key Matchup: Texas Defense vs. Ole Miss Passing Attack
It's no mystery that Hugh Freeze loves an explosive, high-octane offense.
While Ole Miss has put up big numbers for him in the first two weeks, producing against Texas is an entirely different story. Defensive ends Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor are beasts and the secondary isn't half-bad, either.
Wallace will face a lot of pressure in this game and the offensive line is key for the Rebels.
Who will win?
Prediction: Texas 27, Ole Miss 17
Texas has already racked up 82 points in two games, but it must be noted that the defensive line of Ole Miss isn't shabby, and the Rebels have allowed just 2.1 yards per carry this season.
I expect the Longhorns to score less in this game, but their defense should make it mighty difficult for Wallace and Co.
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