Ole Miss Betting Odds Preview
The Rebels of Ole Miss have had a few good moments over the last decade or so, including three Cotton Bowl victories, but they still haven't broken through into the “big time” with, like, a division or conference championship or BCS bowl bid. But might big things be on the horizon down in Oxford? The Rebs bounced back from 2-10 two years ago to 7-6 with a bowl victory last year for new head coach Hugh Freeze, and with a bunch of returning talent and a top-10 recruiting class expectations are suddenly very high for Ole Miss.
In the first season of the coach Freeze era last year Ole Miss, with 16 returning starters, lost six games, to Texas, Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, Vanderbilt, and LSU. But the Rebels actually played 'Bama somewhat tough, lost by a field goal to A&M, let one slip away against Vandy, and lost by six in Baton Rouge.
Ole Miss also won two road games and took the Egg Bowl for the first time in four years to become bowl eligible. The Rebs then extended their postseason winning streak to five with a Compass Bowl victory over Pitt. Ole Miss was also very kind to its financial backers; in out-playing expectations on a regular basis the Rebs went 10-3 ATS last year, 6-2 ATS in SEC play, and 4-1 ATS on the road.
This year the Rebels return nine starters on both sides of the ball, including QB Bo Wallace (22 TD passes last year), leading rusher Jeff Scott, leading receiver Donte Moncrief, four along the offensive line, six of the front seven on defense, and three-quarters of the secondary. Toss in the highly regarded incoming class and this program seemingly, suddenly, has a lot going for it. However, besides expectations, the Rebs have one other large obstacle to overcome; the schedule.
Ole Miss plays four of its first five games this fall on the road, including dates at Vandy, Texas, and Alabama. Then, strangely, the Rebs have six straight home games; unfortunately, the first two are against A&M and LSU. That's a tough first seven weeks.
SEC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of July 29
South Carolina +500
Texas A&M +850
Mississippi State +10000