The 2013 Ole Miss football schedule was released Thursday and to say it’s unique might be an understatement.
It’s hard to believe an SEC schedule could be formatted the way this one is.
Is it bad?
The schedule puts the Rebels on the road for four of their first five games, includes a 6-game home stand and keeps Ole Miss within the borders of Mississippi for its final seven regular-season games.
2013 OLE MISS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 31 at Vanderbilt
Sept. 7 Southeast Missouri
Sept. 14 at Texas
Sept. 21 OPEN
Sept. 28 at Alabama
Oct. 5 at Auburn
Oct. 12 TEXAS A&M
Oct. 19 LSU
Oct. 26 IDAHO
Nov. 2 OPEN
Nov. 9 ARKANSAS
Nov. 16 TROY
Nov. 23 MISSOURI
Nov. 30 at Mississippi State
In some ways, the schedule appears challenging for Ole Miss but upon careful examination it could shape up to really be beneficial.
In a sense, the Rebels will play a season that’s divided into two parts. The first half of the season will consist of Ole Miss on the road for four of its first five football games.
The Rebels start the season off in Nashville, Tenn., against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Aug 31. The other three road games for the first half of the season will be at Texas on Sept. 7, at Alabama on Sept. 28 and at Auburn on Oct. 5. The one home game in the Rebels first five games is against FCS member Southeast Missouri on Sept. 7.
Unfortunately for the Rebels, they’ll have to go back to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face off against the Tide. The Rebels had to travel to Alabama this season.
Not all is unfair with the Ole Miss schedule, however, as Texas A&M will have to march its way back to Oxford on Oct. 12.
The Rebels will have a six-game home stand that starts with the Aggies. Ole Miss will then battle LSU on Oct. 19., before Idaho visits on Oct. 26. The next three home games consist of meetings with Arkansas on Nov. 9, Troy on Nov. 16 and Missouri on Nov. 23.
The Rebels will end the regular season on Nov. 30 in Starkville, Miss., against Mississippi State. After Oct. 5 the Rebels do not leave the state of Mississippi.
The schedule also has two bye weeks: One after Texas on Sept. 21, and another following the Idaho game on Nov. 2.
If the Rebels can take care of business during the first half of the schedule, good things could occur during what looks to be a favorable second half of the season. Ole Miss will need to be road warriors at the beginning of the season, while ending their year as home kings.