Ole Miss Hopes for Statement Game Against UT

SEC, Big 12 battle this weekend

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    David Ash #14 of the Texas Longhorns calls a play at the line of scrimmage against the University of New Mexico Lobos on September 8, 2012 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.

    Two victories in two games have helped soothe some of Mississippi's embarrassment after an abysmal 2011 season.

    Now there's an opportunity to really turn around the program.

    Ole Miss (2-0) hosts No. 14 Texas (2-0) on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in the first meeting between the programs since 1966. It's a major opportunity to show the Rebels are on the right track under first-year coach Hugh Freeze.

    It won't be easy; Ole Miss is a heavy underdog. The Rebels had a 2-10 record last season and the roster is still short on talent.

    Texas is trying to continue its own mini-revival after two subpar seasons. The Longhorns beat Wyoming in their opener and crushed New Mexico last weekend. Now they're looking for a road win against a Southeastern Conference opponent.