Ole Miss-Florida State Officially Sold Out

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The game that's possibly the most anticipated matchup of week one is now officially a sell out. In fact, demand to get in the stadium to watch Ole Miss and Florida State is so high that Florida Citrus Sports released a small number of standing room only tickets.

"The interest in this game has been extraordinary, and we're excited to pack the house on Monday night," Florida Citrus Sports chief executive officer Steve Hogan said. "Florida State and Ole Miss have put Orlando at the center of the national conversation leading up to Labor Day. We can't wait to kick this game off in front of a capacity crowd and a national television audience on ESPN."

Capacity for Camping World Stadium is 65,000. The game will likely break the stadium's post-reconstruction attendance record of 63,113, set during last season's Citrus Bowl featuring Florida and Michigan.

For the fans still contemplating making the trip to Orlando, tickets are available on Stubhub as well as the standing room tickets on Ticketmaster. 

Ole Miss-Florida State Watch Party in The Grove

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If you can't make it to Orlando, you can still watch Ole Miss' season opener for the 2016 season with fellow Rebels in The Grove. The Student Activities Association is holding a watch party in The Grove for the Ole Miss-Florida State Labor Day showdown.

Attendees are invited to bring tents and chairs to make it a normal Grove affair. Setup can begin at 5 p.m. on Monday. There will also be giveaways and promotional items available. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.

Notes from Freeze's Press Conference

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-Freeze called the opener a tremendous task. These are the type of games he wants Ole Miss to be in to expand the Ole Miss brand. Freeze wanted to make Ole Miss relevant on the national level, and games like the opener do that. They're ready to put the ball down and play.

-He called FSU one of the top teams in the country and one the fastest teams he's seen defensively. 

-Freeze called FSU safety Derwin James one of the best safeties he's ever seen. From top to bottom, he said Florida State is one of the better teams Ole Miss has played in his tenure. 

-Freeze said Ole Miss has a football team that's capable of competing with anyone in the nation. He understands why people are predicting FSU to make the playoff because of the amount of talent they have, but the SEC prepares teams for those battles. He said his team will be ready. 

-Ole Miss has to be discipled with fits to stop Dalvin Cook from finding the gap. Cook reminds him of Georgia's Nick Chubb because of Cook's ability to make people miss in space. 

-D.J. Jones, Evan Engram, Chad Kelly, Issac Gross, Akeem Judd, Quincy Adeboyejo, and Robert Conyers have all stepped up as leaders during camp.

-D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown, Greg Little, Eric Swinney, Myles Hartsfield, Jaylon Jones, Jalen Julius, Benito Jones, Montrell Custis are all freshmen expected to get snaps. 

-Having Conner back changes Ole Miss. He's a leader and understands the game. They may limit some snaps in certain situations, but he makes them better even if he's at 90 percent.

-Ole Miss is comfortable with Rod Taylor at left tackle although he wishes he was a little bit longer. Freeze said he's done a nice job in fall camp. 

-Florida State has great CBs, but he's confident with his WR group against anyone. 

-Fadol Brown says his foot feels better, but won't know for sure until tomorrow during practice.

-Ole Miss practiced for the first time on Vaught-Hemingway's new grass on Sunday. 

ESPN to Hold Pregame Show Before Ole Miss-FSU

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Orlando Sentinel - ESPN plans to expand its coverage of the Florida State-Ole Miss game on Labor Day night with a one-hour live pregame show from Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will anchor the show which will be called 'College Football Countdown' from 7-8 ET. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Samantha Ponder will call the game which kicks off at 8 and will be aired on ESPN.

The show will be from the concourse level of Camping World Stadium.

Ole Miss and Florida State were already going to be the focal point of the sports world on Labor Day, but now the showdown will be showcased to an even larger extent with College Football Countdown. The last time ESPN held a pregame show on location before an Ole Miss game, the Rebels knocked off No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. 

Football season is almost here.

Facing Florida State's Dalvin Cook

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Florida State's Dalvin Cook is a first-round talent, a Heisman candidate, and a potential game-breaker on any run. So yes, he's really good. In camp, a defense can only get so much tackling practice because of the fear of getting a player injured. In week one, Ole Miss faces one of the country's biggest home run threats at the running back position. He rattled off 22 rushes last season that picked up 20 yards or more, the most in the nation.

If Ole Miss doesn't tackle well, it will be a long, long night. Cook is a rolling ball of butcher knives that is incredibly difficult to bring to the ground. He ranked third among Power 5 backs in yards after contact per rush last season with 3.2 yards. For comparison, Leonard Fournette was at 2.8, Derrick Henry was at 2.4, and the Power 5 average was 2.1.

"The guy we're facing week one, this guy's special," Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. "He's in a different league, and you've got to get him on the ground in a lot of space. They create a lot of good plays to get him in space."

It's not breaking news that in any game, the team that consistently wins up front nearly always wins. Against Florida State though, it's even more important for the Rebels. No one was better when he got through the line of scrimmage untouched last year than Dalvin Cook. He averaged a Power 5-best 12.6 yards per rush.

It's worth nothing that FSU returns the entire offensive line that paved the way for him to pick up nearly 1,100 yards BEFORE contact. Not only is he tough to bring down, the Seminoles are talented up front to give him lanes.

The Rebels have to be especially strong at containing the edges. Most of Cook's explosive runs come when he is able to bounce off-tackle and get in space. He averaged 8.0 yards per rush on off-tackle runs, picking up 1,089 of his 1,689 total rushing yards on the season. When he was kept between the tackles, his per rush average fell to a still-high 6.6 yards. The main thing is he had 14 fewer rushes that picked up 10 or more yards.

Ole Miss was very solid against the run last season, holding teams to 3.3 yards per rush. In regards to keeping off-tackle runs in check, the Rebels were third among Power 5 teams. It's important for Ole Miss to kick off the season in that same form because there's no easing into 2016 for the Rebels.

Chad Kelly Named All-SEC by ESPN

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ESPN - After leading the SEC in passing yards (4,042), passing yards per game (310.9) and touchdowns (31) last season, Kelly is easily the best quarterback in the conference.

Kelly has already been named first team All-SEC by the media and has been selected to numerous preseason watch lists. Now he adds ESPN's All-SEC team to his preseason accolades. 

In his first year starting, Kelly broke 14 single-season records and led Ole Miss to its first Sugar Bowl since 1970 I broke down his 2015 season in some detail here last week.  

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Before Ole Miss kicks off against Florida State in one of the most anticipated showdowns of week one on Monday (Sept. 5), country music star Brad Paisley will perform a free concert on Sunday, September 4 for fans in Downtown Orlando outside of City Hall. 

The free concert is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET at City Commons Plaza/Seneff Arts Plaza (400 South Orange Avenue).

"If you like big-time college football and country music, Downtown Orlando is the place to be on Labor Day weekend," said Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan. "We're excited to host Brad Paisley on the night before the inaugural Camping World Kickoff game and add even more to the experience for fans of FSU, Ole Miss, and the Orlando community."

This isn't the first time Ole Miss Athletics and Brad Paisley have been connected, as he performed on campus as part of The Pavilion's grand-opening in January.


Ole Miss legend Archie Manning will be featured on an episode of Raycom Sports' Emmy Award-winning series 'Havoline Football Saturdays' on Saturday, August 13. The show is hosted by Tim Brando. 

The episode will air on Saturday on WHPM in Hattiesburg at Noon and WLOX in Biloxi at 4 p.m. On Sunday, it will air in Meridian on WGBC at 10:30 a.m. Complete local listings are available at FootballSaturdays.com. 

During the episode, Brando takes a trip to New Orleans to talk with Archie about Ole Miss football, his Super Bowl MVP-winning sons, and the state of college football.

Souza Settled in on Brazil's Back Line

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Ole Miss' career leader in goals scored and points Rafaelle Souza has found a home in the middle of Brazil's back line.

Souza and Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals of the Olympics relatively easily, winning Group E with two wins and a draw while allowing only one goal. Souza appeared in all three matches at centre-back, starting twice and appearing once as a substitute

Brazil faces Australia on August 12. The host nation will be looking for revenge as Australia knocked Brazil out of the World Cup last summer in the Round of 16. 

RebsInRio.com is the go-to location for updates and information on all Rebels competing in the Olympics this summer.

Watch Party for Sam Kendricks as He Goes for Gold

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Sam Kendricks had a decorated career competing in the pole vault while wearing the Ole Miss red and blue from 2012-14. He was a two-time NCAA champion, five-time USA champion and five-time All-American, and now he's looking to add a gold medal to his collection while wearing the USA red and blue in Rio. To qualify for the Olympics, he set an Olympic Trials record win a winning value of 5.91m/19-4.75. 

The LOU Ole Miss Club will be hosting a watch party at Rafters Bar and Grill in Oxford to support Sam as he goes for gold on Monday, August 15. Come early at 6:15 p.m. to see a special welcome video from Sam before coverage of the pole vault kicks off at 6:35. You can RSVP here.

You can get to know Sam a little bit better by listening to his interview on Head to Head from last month. His dad, who serves as coach, also joins him on the show. Listen here.

RebsInRio.com is the go-to location for updates and information on every Rebel competing in Rio this summer.

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    This is amazing with what he have done so far! Hope that he'll achieve more in the future!

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    Fiftyyears fan said:

    How can you have five straight top 25 recruiting classes and look as bad as Ole Miss has this year. Easy lack of coaching fundamentals. Look at Mason at Vandy, nothing but 2 and 3 star recruits out of high school and he developers players that want to win. Hugh freeze has 3, 4 & 5 recruits and he expects them to win because of what they were in High School. Mr. Freeze you have not been teaching the fundamentals of football or winning in life. Mr. Freeze you have quit on your players because you have some false expectations of what they are instead of what you can develop in them. Either do your job or quit. Oh yea, please quit running your smoke and mirrors offense, everyone has figured it out. Run a physical offense that can open up holes for your running backs and then your pass attack want require 12 are 14 four and five star receivers. Mr. Freeze you have problems and you need to know that you are not smarter than the rest of the coaches in the SEC.

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