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Tigers and Rebels ready to go

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OXFORD, MS (WMC) -

Time to settle in for kickoff of the backdoor feud that is Memphis vs Ole Miss.

Thanks to Canada's win Thursday in the Hockey World Championships, the game will be on ESPN2 Saturday at 6 p.m.

For the Tigers, it's a chance to test themselves against a truly talented team for the first time this season.

Memphis has brushed its first three opponents by an average of 41 points a game.

The Tigers start fast and stay fast, getting in at least three touchdowns in the first quarter.

The problem for them is, so do the Rebels.

Tigers head coach Mike Norvell is impressed with Ole Miss' offensive productivity.

"They have great length at the wide receiver position." Norvell said." The tight end, Evan Engram, is a special talent, and they do a lot of different things with him. Their quarterback is a guy that can make a lot of different throws. He can use his legs to extend plays. They are an offense that comes out and starts fast, and they have a lot of different weapons."

For the 16th-ranked Rebels, Saturday's game is homecoming.

That's a game usually meant for a cupcake foe, but the Tigers aren't that, coming in with a 3-0 record, getting votes in both polls, and coming off 13 point victory over Ole Miss last season.

Rebels Head Coach Hugh Freeze was not a Happy Camper over his team's preparation in their last hard practice of the week Thursday night.

"To be honest, did not have a good day; expected a lot more today," Freeze said. "We got a lot of work to do before we play. It was like pulling teeth for me to get the coaches to do their job with an urgency...It was not a good day, we gotta get in here and go to work."

The work for Both Teams starts Saturday, 6 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford.

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