Big 12 Game Of The Week

By Frank LaCosta

After watching SEC newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M fail in their new conference openers the nation gets the opportunity to see another Big 12 / SEC match up when the Texas Longhorns take on the Ole Miss Rebels. Conference pride is on the line and with it bragging rights. Look for a low scoring affair between the two undefeated teams.

The Longhorns under Mack Brown appointed QB David Ash have an offense that emphasizes the run game first. Handling these duties is the three-headed beast of Joe Bergeron, Malcolm Brown and Jonathan Gray. Bergeron is clearly the workhorse with Brown and Gray being the speedsters. WR Daje Johnson had a productive outing against New Mexico and is emerging as a quality third wideout. However Ash’s favorite targets are still Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis. A strength of this Texas team is the offensive line as they continue to open holes for the running game and provide quality protection for Ash. This is a must while the team is on the road taking on the Rebels.

The Longhorn defense improved over its season opening performance with a shut out of New Mexico. The line continues to do its part while the secondary is considered one of the best in the country. The linebacking corps will have its hands full trying to contain the Rebel running game. Ole Miss will be the first true quality opponent that this Texas will face. On the road in a hostile environment will truly test this team.

That being said, Ole Miss isn’t a cream puff. They’ve had a fairly easily schedule taking on Central Arkansas and UTEP at home. QB Bo Wallace is a quality dual threat weapon. He’s completed 35 of 46 attempts for five TDs. He’s also gained 135 yards on the ground with a pair of TDs. Look for him to hand the ball off to Randall Mackey and Jeff Scott to keep the Texas defense honest. WRs Donte Moncrief and Korvic Neat are Wallace’s favorite targets with some speed. Keep an eye on Moncrief as he could be a difference maker in this one. The Rebel defense does give up points so a bend but don’t break philosophy will be needed.

Game Info:

#14 TEXAS vs. OLE MISS

SAT. SEPT. 15 – 8:15PM / ESPN

VAUGHT-HEMINGWAY STADIUM

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