2017 Football Preview – SEC – Rebels
Looking for 2017 Ole Miss Rebels predictions? The Rebels endured a very brutal 2016 season, and then their off season came around and it got worse. It was discovered that then current head coach Hugh Freeze had been calling escorts from a university cell phone. For a coach and program that was already under investigation that is a terrible look, and he stepped down. They already have self imposed sanctions, including reduced scholarships and a post season ban this year.
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Will the Rebels be able to put the distractions aside? Or will they be too much and it will hurt their performance on the field?
2017 Ole Miss Rebels Predictions: Team Strengths
High Hopes at Quarterback: Where the strengths lie on this team will be a work in progress as more guys will leave I am sure with the news coming out about this team.
One of this strengths, or at least high hopes for this team lie at the quarterback position. Shea Patterson was the number one recruit in their 2016 class. After Chad Kelly went down with injury with three games left they decided to pull his redshirt and let him start the last three games.
I think the experience he gained in those games will be invaluable. He got the taste of SEC football and should really help him take that step forward this year.
In his first game all he did was pull the upset over Texas A&M. People were buzzing around the program, but then he led the team to back to back losses to end the season.
He will be better this year, and the offense will go how he goes. The one thing he does need to improve on is his competletion percentage. Last year he was wasn’t much better then 50%.
Low Expectations: One of the biggest positives for this season for the Ole Miss Rebels is the expectations that have been placed on the team.
With the post season ban in place, and all of the other turmoil no one expects this team to do much. It is probably going to take a few years to rebuild the program, depending on how hard the NCAA comes down on the university and the football team.
It is probably more important what this team does off the field this year, rather then what they do on.
2017 Ole Miss Rebels Predictions: Team Weaknesses
A Terrible Defense: The Ole Miss Rebels used to be known for physical defenses that didn’t give opponents much of anything. After last years performance though, those expectations need to be changed.
Last years defense was 111th overall, and 120th against the run. With not much coming in way of reinforcements I don’t see how it will be any better. I think the defense will actually probably take a step back this year, and finish even lower.
If the Rebels want to improve on their record from last year, the defense has to improve from last year, but I just don’t see that happening.
Ole Miss Rebels Prediction: 4-8
Like I said above with all the off-season turmoil, it is probably more important what happens off the field, rather then on the field.
But on the field I don’t have much hope at all for this team. They do have a strength on offense, but they play in the SEC against good teams every week. I think that they will really struggle with their conference schedule, and they might actually only be favorites in one or two in conference games.
This team will finish with a 4-8 record and they will be dead last in the SEC. I would look for them to make another coaching change in the off season too.
2017 Ole Miss Rebels Football Schedule
- 9/2/17 7:30 PM ET USA
- 9/9/17 TBD UTM
- 9/16/17 10:30 PM ET @CAL
- 9/30/17 TBD @ALA
- 10/7/17 TBD @AUB
- 10/14/17 TBD VAN
- 10/21/17 TBD LSU
- 10/28/17 TBD ARK
- 11/4/17 TBD @UK
- 11/11/17 TBD ULL
- 11/18/17 TBD TAM
- 11/23/17 TBD @MSST
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