Ole Miss is not one of the elite SEC teams, but with the turmoil behind-the-scenes with the Texas Longhorns, they are not a team that Texas can overlook. After coming into the season with the expectations of competing for the Big 12 title, Texas lost to BYU, Mack Brown fired his defensive coordinator and now their athletic director is stepping down.
This are not good in Austin right now.
After the loss to BYU, Mack Brown was shaken up but credited his bosses – DeLoss Dodds and William Powers – as understanding the process and knowing that this takes work. Then, the word came that Dodds will step down in January, meaning this is the last year Mack Brown can call him a boss.
While this is all distressing, and Texas heads into Ole Miss with new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson, things might not be so bad for the Longhorns this week. Last season, Texas beat Ole Miss 66-31, so they have to be confident as players.
Another monkey wrench in the Longhorns’ game plan tonight is the fact that David Ash will not play in the game and Case McCoy will start instead. Ash suffered head and right shoulder injuries in the BYU loss. In a pre-game televised interview, Brown said that Ash would be out until at least next week.
On the Rebels’ side of the field, option quarterback Bo Wallace and running back Jeff Scott will try to push around the defense, as the Longhorns are trying to regroup under their new coordinator. With the 30-point loss last season, Ole Miss has to be seeking vengeance, and this might be the perfect time to strike at the Texas squad.
The Texas Longhorns vs. Ole Miss Rebels game kicks off at 8 p.m. EST.