The NCAA football season kicks off Thursday and a great matchup will see two up and coming teams from the Southeastern Conference meet in Nashville, Tennessee. The Vanderbilt Commodores will host the Old Miss Rebels, with Ole Miss listed as the favorite by 3 points and the over/under point total resting on 53.5.
Both teams for years were considered doormats in the conference but no longer are thought of as pushovers, as but teams are returning from their best seasons in recent memory.
Last season Vanderbilt had 9 wins to tie a school record and ended the season 9-4 with their best record since becoming a member of the SEC.
The Rebels last season, under first year Head Coach Hugh Freeze turned the program around. Ole Miss ended the season with a winning record of 7-6. Not the most impressive record, but in the two years combined prior to last season the Rebels won a total of 6 games.
Ole Miss used the spread offense last season under Freeze and has most of its starters from last season returning. Last season Ole Miss was 5th in the conference in offense averaging more than 423 yards a game.
Bo Wallace will start at quarterback returning from last season’s 3,000 yards passing and 22 touchdowns as well as 17 interceptions. Ole Miss enters as the favorite even though they are 1-13 in their past 14 conference road games.
Seven of the 11 starters on both sides of the ball return for Vanderbilt. However, their two most valuable players on offense Justin Rogers at quarterback and Zac Stacy at running back are gone. However, Jordan Matthews who caught 94 passes and eight touchdowns will be back to start at wide receiver.
Austyn Carta-Samuels a senior will start for Vandy at quarterback. He has experience in games played as he played most of 2009 and 2010 as the starter.
The Commodores have questions marks on the offensive side of the ball, but have played well on their home field and are usually strong early in the season. Ole Miss has a potent offense.
Take Ole Miss less the 3 points, the Rebels will wear the Commodores down little by little and win by a touchdown.