One of the most interesting games on the schedule in week three will not come until late at night. Texas is trying out its SEC legs, facing a Mississippi team that has improved by a decent margin. This is the kind of game that some have feared we will not see with conferences adding more teams to their own mix. The Longhorns will make the trip with a bunch of rabid fans to enjoy the Grove and a game against a tough Rebels team. This game has the potential to be a very good one.
Texas is the bell cow here as they come in as the ranked team. The Longhorns are 2-0 after beating up on Wyoming and New Mexico in the first two weeks. Though the scores in those games looked lopsided, the Longhorns struggled to find continuity. They had a hard time on defense against both teams, as Wyoming ripped them through the air and New Mexico found success on the ground. Texas also struggled to score early in both games. Eventually, though, the Longhorns got their running game going, with Malcolm Brown again leading the way.
Ole Miss is an interesting team in 2012. Armed with a new coach, a new quarterback, and a new energy, the Rebels look poised to make a little bit of noise in the difficult SEC West. They have averaged around 500 yards per game on offense in the first two weeks. If that kind of production does not scare you, then you aren’t paying attention. The Rebels have an inventive playbook that is going to be difficult for Texas to stop. They are also somewhat tested – at least more so than Texas – as they knocked off a UTEP team that played a tough game with Oklahoma.
What will happen in this one? It will all come down to how well Ole Miss is able to contain the Texas run game. There is no doubt that Ole Miss will move the ball. Texas is going to have to score points to stay out ahead of the Rebels. With the tough night crowd giving Ole Miss a boost, the Longhorns might be in for a much tougher fight than they ever anticipated. That is going to be the big thing to watch when the Horns head down to Oxford for this clash.
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