"Our team is determined, and our goal is to go 1-0 this week against a talented Georgia Southern team that rises to play at a very, very high level against teams when they get opportunities," Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. "Traditionally they have done extremely well when they are playing power five teams."
Georgia Southern has seen success recently against unsuspecting opponents with its triple option offense. Freeze understands the challenges the Eagles offense can pose and says the Rebels have "a lot of work to do" to stop the option attack.
"They present a challenge because they recruited or either had transfers that were really talented kids at the skill position and their speed is concerning," Freeze said. "They create option on almost any kind of blocking scheme, whether it be power, counter, zone.
A lot of the time they are going to have the capability of pulling and running the option and that's not the easiest thing to prepare for when you don't see it that regularly."
Georgia Southern ranks 83rd in the FBS for total offense, but the Eagles' rush offense ranks 21st. Georgia Southern is averaging 239 rushing yards per game. Ole Miss' rush defense ranks 118th in the FBS and the Rebels are giving up an average of 236.9 rushing yards a game.
Saturday's matchup between the Rebels and the Eagles is set for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff on ESPNU.