BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Ole Miss (4-1, 2-1 SEC) was flying high before facing the Florida Gators. The Rebels were ranked No. 3 in the nation by the Associated Press and were projected as one of the top four teams in the hunt for the Championship Playoff Series.
The Rebels crash landed in Gainesville and tumbled from No. 3 to No. 14 in the latest AP Top-25 College Football Poll. The reason...Ole Miss stepped in quick sand on Saturday and they couldn't get out of a deep hole.
Florida pulled off the upset despite having 20-plus players, including quarterback Will Grier. having suffered from the stomach virus during the week.
Grier didn't display any ill symptoms. He completed 24 of 29 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns against the Rebels Landshark defense.
Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly had little time to find his receivers and that resulted in four sacks, two fumbles and an interception. Kelly ended the night with 26 completions in 40 attempts for 259 yards and one touchdown late in the game.
At Monday's news conference Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said his team must regroup.
"We owned it when we went to Tuscaloosa and won, so now we need to own the loss on the road, "stated Freeze.
"We have to own it when we lose in difficult places to play against really good teams. The expectations of this program are to compete in those games. I know that and I understand that. So, like many other teams, we need to get in here and get to work."
Freeze said his team is not elite right now and have the potential to be much better than the way his team played on Saturday.
"We got exposed in some places in the secondary that we need to work on, "said Freeze. "Maybe we'll move some people around. Offensively. we have got to find a way to get where you are on the road, and to play in that type of environment in this league, you have to find a way to have success early."
So what is the latest status of offensively lineman Laremy Tunsil who has been held out of games, due to a NCAA investigation?
"That is the most difficult part, is to see a young man like this as the weeks go by, "stated Freeze. "He's handled it as well as anyone could, but at the same time, he's antsy. He's just ready for finality to it, as are we. I hope to hear something this week, but I haven't heard anything to this point. Just hopeful that it can be resolved this week, and we can get him back soon."
Ole Miss entertain win less New Mexico State (0-4) Saturday morning at 11:00 in Oxford.
It was announced that the Memphis game in Memphis on October 17 will also kick off at 11:00 a.m.