A few Friday morning notes as Ole Miss heads into the Auburn game, the Rebels’ biggest game in four years.
— Lou Holtz and Mark May of ESPN both picked Ole Miss to be Auburn last night, for whatever that’s worth.
— I also pick the Rebels, so maybe there’s an ESPN gig in my future. If Ole Miss does in fact win it will be the first loss for Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville in Oxford. He is 4-0 playing against his former team at his former stadium.
Auburn is 18-6 in road or neutral games since 2004. That’s the fourth-best record in the nation. The Alabama Tigers are 8-1 all-time in Oxford, including a 23-17 win two years ago.
— This is the second of three straight games with close coaching connections for Ole Miss. Obviously Houston Nutt’s return to Arkansas was the biggest. Tuberville having coached at Ole Miss is pretty big too, but no longer newsy since he’s been gone since the 1999 season.
After next week’s open date the Rebels host La.-Monroe, where receivers coach Ron Dickerson and safeties coach Kim Dameron were both assistants last year.
The former Indians from Monroe, now Warhawks, are struggling this year, but they defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa last season.
— Auburn defensive end Antonio Coleman leads the SEC in sacks with six and in tackles for loss with 10 1/2.
— Ole Miss kicker Joshua Shene has hit his last eight field goals, is 12-for-13 on the season and is 26-for-26 on PATs.
— With 85 yards last week at Arkansas, receiver Mike Wallace became the Rebels’ career leader in kick return yardage with 1,174.
— Ole Miss is just 3-22 against Auburn since 1965, but Nutt is 5-5 against Auburn.