It was assumed that it would take a few years for Ole Miss to enter the national conversation after its stellar recruiting class, but the young Rebels are already set to challenge two-time defending national champion No. 1 Alabama.
Two Rebel stars, one newcomer and one returner, are already talking up their chances heading into their Sept. 28 trip to Tuscaloosa.
Freshman wide receiver and former 247Sports composite 5-star Laquon Treadwell tweeted "Stay tune Upset" late Sunday night (h/t Matt Lombardi, CollegeSpun), which presumably is calling for fans to stay tuned for No. 21 Mississippi's upset bid Saturday night.
On Monday, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace backed up his receiver, telling Michael Casagrande that he believes the Rebels have a better receiving corps than Texas A&M:
I think we have better receivers than A&M. They want to talk about Mike Evans being so good, but we have Donte (Moncrief) and I think Laquon (Treadwell) is going to be that way. We have better players on the outside than A&M does.
Wallace continued, saying that Ole Miss has a tempo similar to the Aggies and it will help them put up points on the Crimson Tide. He also took a bit of a shot at the Alabama secondary, saying that the Tide corners aren't what they used to be:
I wouldn't say a dropoff, but when you have first-round corners every year, I don't know if they are exactly first-round corners. But if you have a guy going in the top 10, you're going to have a little bit of a drop off the next year.
Alabama intercepted Wallace twice last season in its 33-14 win in Oxford. In that game, Wallace was just 15-of-26 for 123 yards with no touchdowns and two picks.
He has been much better so far this season, completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 648 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.
Moncrief had two catches for 37 yards in last year's loss to Alabama, while Treadwell wasn't even committed to Ole Miss at the time.
Treadwell has been off to a strong start in his first season. The heralded recruit has 16 receptions for 154 yards. Moncrief has led the way for the Rebel receiving corps with 11 receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
As Wallace correctly pointed out, Alabama has seen a dip in its passing defense this year. The Tide finished No. 7 in the nation, allowing just 173.6 passing yards per game. So far in 2013, Alabama ranks No. 83 in the nation and has allowed 250.3 yards per game through the air.
The two Ole Miss stars will put their talent to the test Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. The Rebels and the Tide are slated for a 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN.
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