Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze can sense the pressure to win

Ole Miss entered the 2016 season with high expectations. Entering the season the Rebels were ranked #12 in the AP Top 25 and were favored by many to compete with Alabama for the SEC West.

After suffering its fourth loss of the season last Saturday against LSU, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze says his team might be feeling the pressure from those expectations.

“When the expectations get so high and you don’t meet them it is easy for the frustration or the pressure to feel like you have to perform at a certain level," Freeze said. "I think all of us can feel that at certain times.

I try to embrace it and I tell the team that’s a good thing that people expect that of you, but being that we’re playing a lot of young kids in certain spots that certainly is a part of it. You’ve got to embrace it and move forward, but that could be some of it."

Freeze believes some of the Rebels' struggles have been a result of facing tough opponents.

"I think a lot of it and part of the equation you have to put in there, I don’t think people give maybe enough credit to LSU or to Alabama or to Florida State," Freeze said. "Those teams can block you too and we can fit it wrong or we can blow an assignment, but there’s sometimes that they did a good job.

They are going to do a good job enough from their talent level, like Auburn also, we can’t afford to give them anything and unfortunately,  we have done our share of that also.”

Ole Miss faces Auburn at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6:15 p.m. CT on SEC Network.


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