OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze led a stunning turnaround during his first season, leading the Rebels to a 7-6 record one year after they won just two games.
A suitable encore won't be easy.
Freeze says the program is "headed in the right the direction and a little bit ahead of schedule," but also warned against "unrealistic expectations."
Ole Miss is trying to become relevant in the loaded SEC Western Division, which includes two-time defending national champion Alabama and other power programs like LSU and Texas A&M.
The Rebels have nearly their entire roster returning, including standouts like quarterback Bo Wallace, receiver Donte Moncrief and linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche. Ole Miss also welcomes arguably the most anticipated freshman class in program history.