- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - No. 3 Mississippi didn’t spend long celebrating its big win over Alabama.

Not with No. 14 Texas A&M; up next, a team the Rebels have never beaten and a school that has sent them to close losses the last two seasons on their home field.

Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze isn’t concerned about a letdown.

“I think they’ll continue to be hungry and want to compete,” he said. “That’s really not a big worry of mine because of the schedule we face. There are really good teams in this conference that can beat you at any given moment. We’ve got to play a very good football game to win every game that’s left on our schedule in this deal.”

The Aggies are coming off their first loss of the season, a 48-31 defeat by Mississippi State, and are looking to get back on track in their first home game in almost a month.

“Our guys are anxious to get back on the field and prove who they are,” coach Kevin Sumlin said.

Quarterback Bo Wallace knows it will be a challenge to deal with a crowd expected to top 100,000, but thinks that playing other tough road games will help make things easier Saturday.

“We’ve had guys that have played at ‘Bama and at LSU,” Wallace said. “We’ll be prepared for that … this is what it’s all about. We’re right in the thick of things in the SEC West. Going on the road to a hostile environment is why you go to school here.”

The Rebels are 0-6 against A&M.; They’re 0-2 since A&M; joined the SEC after losing 30-27 in 2012 and 41-38 last season.

“They were difficult for sure,” Freeze said of those losses. “Our kids bounced back nicely, probably better than the coaches, but they were difficult.”

Wallace said those defeats still sting.

“You definitely remember that,” he said. “We’re a different team. We’re a different offense and defense. We’ll get to work on them and hopefully come out and play well.”

Things to know about the Mississippi-Texas A&M; game:

HILL’S SETBACK: Texas A&M; quarterback Kenny Hill had thrown just two interceptions through the first five games, but threw three on Saturday in Texas A&M;’s first loss this season.

“I need to be smarter with the football,” Hill said.

He’s been solid in his first season after taking over for Johnny Manziel and leads the SEC with 2,110 yards passing and has helped the Aggies score 38 touchdowns, which are the most in the FBS.

OLE MISS’ DOMINANT DEFENSE: The Rebels’ defense is giving up just 10.2 points per game, which ranks first in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss has allowed only four touchdowns all season, which is tops in the nation. Senquez Golson leads the team with four interceptions and the Rebels are aggressive up front - 17 different players have at least one tackle for a loss.

FABULOUS FRESHMEN: Texas A&M; freshman receiver Speedy Noil and defensive end Myles Garrett are off to great starts this season. Garrett is second in the SEC and has set the school record for sacks by a freshman with 6 ½ and had a career-best 10 tackles last week. Noil has 255 yards receiving with three scores and also returns kicks and punts for the Aggies.

GOOD BO, BAD BO: Wallace had a good game during last week’s win over Alabama, throwing for 251 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s thrown for 1,522 yards this season and 14 touchdowns this season, but is also tied for the league lead with six interceptions. South Carolina’s Dylan Thompson and Florida’s Jeff Driskel have also thrown six interceptions.

REYNOLDS ROLLING: Texas A&M; receiver Josh Reynolds, a sophomore transfer, leads the Aggies with 402 yards receiving, and his team-best seven touchdowns are the most in school history through a player’s first six career games. He has three catches this season for 40 yards or more.

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