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Tigers Try to Forget Past vs Rebels in Season Opener

The sand is finally running out of the Countdown Clock for the Kickoff of the New College Football season between two old rivals Memphis and Ole Miss.

More than the usual amount of questions to be answered in this years' game..

Another season of college football is here!!

Tommy West and the Tigers are getting ready for the season opener Saturday against Ole Miss.

Ed Orgeron and his fence around Memphis are gone.

Now it's time to get ready for a whole new game plan with Houston Nutt.

While West says he doesn't know Nutt personally, he does have a pretty good idea how Saturday's game is going to go.

"You're gonna see both teams will play it close to the vest in the first quarter. Yet I think you'll see some deep balls. I think both teams will try to go over the others head and try and get a cheap kick to try and get going."

If history is any indication, this should be a close game. The Tigers have come out on the wrong side of the last 3 games, losing by a combined 9 points. Miscues played a big part in those outcomes.

Take last year for instance...a blocked punt returned for a touchdown..

Then a would-be Memphis score instead intercepted and returned 99 yards for another touchdown...and that was just in the first half!!

Memphis turned it over 6 times altogether.

Still the margin of victory was just 2 points.

U of M Safety Brandon Patterson, a former Germantown High star, can't forget it.

"We can't turn the ball over, that's one thing Coach West preaches all the time. You can't turn it over. We gotta play our game. Good clean football. "

Wide Receiver Maurice Jones loves the atmosphere of this game

"It's definitely a rivalry because there's so many people that play for Ole Miss we played with growing up in Memphis."

Defensive Tackle Clinton McDonald is a Senior...

He hopes his 4th year is the charm against the Rebels. 

"At a certain time you do get sick of being on the wrong end of the losing streak. We want to be victorious. This week in practice we just have to come out and work hard physically and mentally."

The Tigers are 8 and a half point underdogs.

Game time 6pm Saturday in Oxford.

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