One of the more interesting games this weekend matches consensus No. 25 Ole Miss against Texas.
The finale of a two-year home and away series, the Rebels look to avenge an embarrassing 66-31 loss to the Longhorns last year in front of the home crowd. It was only the third game for first-year Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze, but it was a crushing defeat nonetheless.
Undoubtedly, Ole Miss coaches and players have had this one circled now for over a year.
Last weekend, the Rebels (2-0, 1-0 SEC) jumped out to a convincing 31-0 lead over Southeast Missouri at the half but were shut out 13-0 by the Redhawks in the second half. The week prior at Vanderbilt, Ole Miss got out to a 10-0 lead before allowing the Commodores to put up 21 unanswered points before the half. Playing four "full" quarters of football will be crucial for the Rebels Saturday night in Texas.
As for Mack Brown's Longhorn club (1-1, 0-0 Big 12), they were upended on the road at BYU this past weekend. Not only did Texas allow a program-high 550 rushing yards to the Cougars, but the 'Horns also allowed BYU to put up 24 unanswered points after leading 14-10. By the end of the contest, the Cougars had racked up 679 yards of offense on Manny Diaz's defense.
That's a stunning figure, and one that ultimately cost Diaz his job as defensive coordinator.
Saturday night in the Lone Star State, two teams in two different places mentally will clash.
Can Ole Miss serve up payback for last year's crushing loss to Texas, and actually put together a full game for the first time in 2013?
What mental and emotional state will the Longhorn team be in when taking the field Saturday?
How will new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson fare against a high-powered Ole Miss offense?
Can Texas, only 4-12 against Top 25 teams since 2010, claim the series outright?
There's a lot at stake for both clubs in this contest, and it should be one of the better matchups of the entire weekend. Both offenses thrive on big plays, so the defense that bends but doesn't break may be the difference in determining the winner.
Take a look through this slideshow for all you need to know before kickoff.
When: Saturday, Sept. 14; 7 p.m. CT
Where: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
TV: Longhorn Network (CBS for many in Mississippi)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 117; XM 202
Spread: Texas (-4.5), per VegasInsider.com Consensus