Lane Kiffin hit the transfer portal hard before his third season with Ole Miss, who currently have college football odds of +2500 to win the SEC.
The cupboard wasn’t completely bare, but it needed restocking after returning just 11 starters. Jaxson Dart was brought in from USC to compete with Luke Altmyer for the starting quarterback job, while Zach Evans could emerge as a superstar running back after arriving from TCU. The new faces don’t stop at the players, as new coordinators were brought in on both sides of the ball.
Charlie Weis Jr. and John David Baker will operate the offense as co-offensive coordinators in place of Jeff Lebby, while Maurice Crum and Chris Partridge replace D.J. Durkin as co-offensive coordinators.
Week 1 – vs. Troy Trojans
Date: September 3
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
The Trojans finished just 5-7 a year ago but rank 17th in returning production and return 18 starters. Ole Miss fans will pencil in a win to start the year.
Week 2 – vs. Central Arkansas Bears
Date: September 10
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
The relatively soft beginning of the schedule continues as Mississippi gets Central Arkansas, an FCS school, at home.
Week 3 – at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Date: September 17
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Many pundits are predicting Georgia Tech to be among the worst Power Five teams in the country in 2022. They finished 3-9 a year ago and enter year four of the Geoff Collins era with the coach firmly in “hot seat” discussions.
Week 4 – vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Date: September 24
Tulsa nearly pulled an upset over Oklahoma State in a 28-23 loss in Week 2, so they’ve proven they can hang close with bigger programs. They return only nine starters and rank 100th in returning production.
Week 5 – vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Date: October 1
There’s a strong chance that the Rebels will go 4-0 in non-conference play heading into a home game with the Wildcats to kick off SEC play. Kentucky returns only 10 starters, and the Rebels have won each of the past two meetings, albeit by only four combined points.
Week 6 – vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
Date: October 8
Vanderbilt won only two games a season ago and figure to be in the cellar of the SEC standings again in 2022. The Commodores last won this matchup in 2018.
Week 7 – vs. Auburn Tigers
Date: October 15
The Tigers have had the Rebels’ number, and Lane Kiffin will be seeking to end a vicious losing streak to their SEC foe. Auburn has won seven straight in this matchup and 16 of the last 19.
Week 8 – at LSU Tigers
Date: October 22
Ole Miss snapped a six-game losing steak against LSU with a 31-17 victory a season ago. The Tigers should look much different with Brian Kelly in charge, but the Rebels haven’t won in Baton Rouge since 2008.
Week 9 – at Texas A&M Aggies
Date: October 29
Jimbo Fisher hopes to have the Aggies competing for an SEC Championship and beyond in 2022, but that’s a lofty goal after finishing 8-4 a season ago. This two-game away stretch is brutal, but a much-need bye week is in store after this showdown.
Week 10 – BYE
Week 11 – vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: November 12
The Rebels last defeated the Crimson Tide back in 2014 and 2015, when they took two straight against the Crimson Tide. Nick Saban’s success against his former assistants is well-documented, but Mississippi kept it close in a 63-48 loss in 2020 before falling apart in a 42-21 loss last year.
Week 12 – at Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: November 19
Sam Pittman and the Razorbacks are building something special, and this will be a tough two-game stretch with the Alabama game coming before this one. The Rebels won this matchup 52-51 in one of the best games of the season in 2021.
Week 13 – vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: November 24
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Lane Kiffin hopes to improve his 2-0 record in the Egg Bowl. He’s won each matchup 31-24, but the margin for error is slim, and the Bulldogs won’t be an easy out.
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