Tigers hit road for Rebels homecoming - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tigers hit road for Rebels homecoming

University of Memphis Tigers (Source: Austin McAfee) University of Memphis Tigers (Source: Austin McAfee)
Ole Miss' Chad Kelly (Source: WMC Action News 5) Ole Miss' Chad Kelly (Source: WMC Action News 5)

The Memphis Tigers have yet to play on the road, but they've done just about everything else in running their record to a perfect 3-0.

Those games came against teams the Tigers were expected to walkover, and they did, beating SEMO, Kansas, and Bowling Green by an average of 51-to-9.

Now, the high-powered Ole Miss Rebels loom on the horizon.

Memphis has won only twice in Oxford in the 61-year history of the series, and Head Coach Mike Norvell knows the Rebels and their fans will do their best to make it hard on his team.

"We know that part of it and a lot of it will be based off our communication." Norvell said. "We prepare that way each week, whether we are playing at home or on the road. It's also what makes college football so much fun. It's going to be a special day, and I'm glad we have this opportunity to work and get better."

Over in Oxford, the 16th-ranked Rebels are preparing for homecoming.

Ole Miss will face a Memphis squad that came from behind last year, scoring 31 straight points to knock them off at the Liberty Bowl.

Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly threw two interceptions in that game against what was perceived as a weak Memphis secondary.

This year, the Tigers have seven picks in three games.

Kelly wants to Keep Ole Miss momentum moving after passing and running for three scores last week against Georgia.

"Any time we play against Memphis, it's a little rivalry that goes back a long time. It's big for our players. It's big for this university," Kelly said. "Going back to last year, we had a good lead. Start the game off and we kinda let off the gas pedal a little bit. We just gotta make sure we keep rolling with this offense and keep going fast."

Kickoff for the Tigers and Rebels is fast approaching. It's 6 p.m. Saturday at Oxford.

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