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Some things to watch for when Boise State takes on Ole Miss:

HIGHER EXPECTATIONS: It will be interesting to see how the Rebels deal with their most anticipated season since 2009, when they started out ranked No. 8 but finished a disappointing 9-4. Freeze has definitely landed some players capable of leading Ole Miss to a championship, including super sophomores Laquon Treadwell at receiver, Robert Nkemdiche at defensive tackle, and Laremy Tunsil at offensive tackle.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: Under Petersen, the Broncos developed the sort of continuity that’s often difficult to maintain outside the major conferences. He compiled a dazzling 92-13 mark during eight seasons as Boise State’s coach, but finally gave in to the lure of the big time when Washington came calling. The 37-year-old Harsin was mentored by Petersen but still must prove he can fill those large shoes.

BO’S TIME: Ole Miss looks set at quarterback with senior Bo Wallace, the SEC’s top returning passer from last season with 3,346 yards. He’s in position to challenge several school records, including passing yards and total yards.

OPENING BLUES: After eye-catching victories over Oregon, Virginia Tech and Georgia from 2009-11, Boise State has lost its last two season openers. The Broncos fell to Michigan State 17-13 in 2012, and were blown out by Washington 38-6 last season.

REBELS D: Ole Miss has plenty of experience on the defensive side, with All-American safety Cody Prewitt among nine returning starters.

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