Preview: Ole Miss at South Carolina
Courtesy of the SEC, with contributions from CFP Staff
Riding an eight-game win streak dating back to last season, Ole Miss visits South Carolina Thursday in its SEC opener.
Ole Miss equaled its highest national ranking in 45 years when it jumped one spot to No. 4 in the Associated Press poll, announced Sunday. The USA Today Coaches poll moved the team up one slot to No. 5 in its top 25. In the Congrove Computer Rankings, Ole Miss climbed from 21st to 13th while South Carolina is ranked 55th.
Ole Miss (2-0) last reached No. 4 in the rankings in October 1970. The last time the Rebels were ranked higher was September 1964, when the team was No. 1.
Jevan Snead threw three touchdowns, Brandon Bolden rushed for 105 yards and Ole Miss got a big game from freshman linebacker D.T. Shackelford in a 52-6 win over Southeastern Louisiana (FCS) last Saturday. Shackelford recovered two fumbles and finished off the scoring with a 58-yard interception return for touchdown against the Lions (2-1). Snead completed 16-of-28 passes for 208 yards and Bolden averaged 8.1 yards per carry while amassing more than 100 yards in the first half.
South Carolina improved to 2-1 last week with a 38-16 win over FAU. Brian Maddox scored three touchdowns and Jarvis Giles ran 11 times for 113 yards.
The Gamecocks (2-1) scored on three straight possessions in the second half to turn an uncomfortably close game into a rare blowout.
South Carolina may have found a pair of star freshmen runners. Giles averaged 10.3 yards a carry and got his first career touchdown, and Kenny Miles ran for 56 yards on five carries in one first quarter series before sitting out the rest of the game with a shoulder injury.
Gamecocks' head coach Steve Spurrier is 37-0 in his career against teams not currently in the Bowl Championship Series.
South Carolina worked out for a little more than an hour on Sunday afternoon, a change from its regular routine, in preparation for this game.
The Gamecocks won last year's battle with the Rebels, 31-24 in Oxford. Ole Miss lost to Alabama the following week and then began its' current 8-game winning streak.
Houston Nutt is 11-4 as head coach at Mississippi. He is 122-74 overall.
Steve Spurier is in his fifth season at South Carolina where he is 30-23, but just 15-18 in the SEC. He is 172-63-2 overall.
The Thursday night game will be televised nationally on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.