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Ole Miss RB Jeff Scott
This is one of those games that I can't wait to see. It doesn't have to be a top-notch conference game. Just having an SEC game on opening night creates a different dynamic. Not only does this game matter on a national scale, but it matters in the chase for division championships.
Ole Miss will enter the season as the "new kid at school." The Rebels could be great, but the mystery is what has us intrigued. Will Bo Wallace and Donte Moncrief ride the momentum generated from the end of last season and keep the Rebel offense wide open, or will Wallace's offseason surgery hinder the offense?
Those questions will be answered under the lights in Nashville.
Meanwhile, Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin will lead his talented Commodores into this one with the goal of elevating his program through that glass ceiling and into division title-contender status.
Austyn Carta-Samuels is a talented dual-threat quarterback who will be able to step in for Jordan Rodgers and thrive in an offense that features wide receivers Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd, as well as running backs Wesley Tate, Brian Kimbrow and Jerron Seymour.
I think the Commodores are set to have a fine season, but I don't like this line. Ole Miss got better as the 2012 season went on, and the majority of that cast is back in 2013. Add in a talent injection stemming from a stellar recruiting class, and you have the recipe for an upset.