Staff predictions: Texas vs. Ole Miss

Texas 27, Ole Miss 17

This game is going to be closer than the experts think. Texas has a more talented team than Ole Miss but the Rebels seem to have more continuity on offense. In the third week of the season this is a defining games for the Longhorns defense. Texas will allow the ball to move between the 20s but will force Mississippi into multiple field goal opportunities. David Ash will show his mettle as he will have to come back from hard hits and adversity in the first road game for the Longhorns.

- Sean Adams

Texas 28, Ole Miss 17

I'll take a fairly conservative score this week. The Longhorns won't be intimidated by The Grove, but I do have concerns about how they'll get off to a fast start and put this game away quickly. The offense is still trying to develop its rhythm and has played things fairly conservative through two games. They could go more unpredictable to start off in an effort to attack, but that may also mean more mistakes early on.

Ole Miss is scoring 38 per game right now but hasn't played anyone (though Oklahoma fans might tell you UTEP ain't bad). You can tell this Texas D is getting better, but there will be a bust or two like there was against Wyoming. The Rebs will take their shots but don't have enough bullets to stun Texas.

- Max Olson

Texas 35, Ole Miss 14

Sure the Rebels are 2-0 but they have won those games against paltry competition. At its core this is still a team that wet 2-10 last year and has failed to beat a BCS school since Kentucky in 2010. Texas’ secondary will get a chance to shine as the defensive front will cause trouble for Ole Miss’ passing attack.

- Carter Strickland

Texas 27, Ole Miss 17

Ole Miss is doing a whole lot of good right now. Through two games, its 283.5 rushing yards per game, albeit against inferior competition, leads the SEC. And junior college transfer quarterback Bo Wallace has vastly improved one of the worst passing offenses of 2011. The Rebels will have momentum and a hostile night crowd on their side come Saturday, but I still think Texas pulls this one out.

The Longhorns will get the tough test they need this game to be in preparation for whats to come, but the defensive communication gaps that cost them early against Wyoming will be shored up at The Grove. David Ash will again be serviceable and take care of the ball, and Malcolm Brown reminds people of why he should get the ball more than twice per game. Big night on the ground for Texas, who withstands an early punch to move to 3-0.

- William Wilkerson