It's never been a secret that Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze likes to push the pace on offense. But when the No. 24 Rebels (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) host No. 8 Missouri (9-1, 5-1) on Saturday, that strategy might be slightly altered. Freeze says the Ole Miss offense can't be impatient against Missouri, which has a knack for making big plays. Missouri leads the SEC with 34 sacks and 17 interceptions this season.
Defensive end Michael Sam is usually in the middle of those disruptive plays - he leads the league with 16 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks. But if Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace can avoid turnovers, the Rebels could have success. Missouri's pass defense ranks last in the SEC, giving up 274.9 yards per game.