Commodores fired up for Ole Miss

There’s a lot of excitement from Ole Miss fans about their football team and rightfully so, but the buzz around the Vanderbilt program seems to match Ole Miss blow for blow.

All college football players and coaches are excited in the summer, and if they’re not, they’ll tell you they are anyway.

While Ole Miss far exceeded expectations with a 7-6 season, Vanderbilt had a very un-Vandy like year – even though you could see positive things in James Franklin’s first season in 2011. Last year the Commodores went 9-4, won their last seven games and beat North Carolina State by two touchdowns in the Music City Bowl.

Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews says there’s plenty of talk from his teammates about the season opener against Ole Miss on Aug. 29 in Nashville.

“We can’t wait. I know they’re a hungry team, but people don’t realize how far we’ve come and how hungry we are for that success. We’ve gone from alright to good. We made that step. Now we’re ready to make that step from good to great, and it starts in Week 1,” he said.

Matthews calls Ole Miss “a great team that just had a great recruiting class and has a lot of momentum and hype.”

After Vanderbilt lost 31-17 to Florida in Nashville on Oct. 13, Ole Miss came closer to beating the Commodores than anyone else. A controversial spot went Vanderbilt’s way in the final minutes or the Rebels would likely have run out the clock to win.

The spot wasn’t what Vanderbilt cornerback Andre Hal focused on when asked what he most recalled about the Commodores’ 27-26 win.

“We just lasted longer. That’s why we condition so hard. We lasted longer than they lasted.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • JB

    Regardless of any expectation Vandy has always give the Rebels a tough fight. Vandy with that invisible edge, How it works, I don’t know but it does. Ole Miss has that invisible edge over the Gators. Alabama over Ole Miss with just defeated fear in the hearts of the Rebels. I don’t think the Tide and Rebels played each other during the Vaught time I believe the Rebels could have held their ground in those days with Alabama. They did play once in a Bowl game with Bama winning 12 to 7 on four field goals. The Tide could not score a TD against that strong Rebel defense. All that could change this season, Rebels look to have a good team in the making.

  • JB

    I just watched this video : Ole Miss band

    The Pride of the South: From Dixie With Love. But guess this is all gone now..

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