2014 Ole Miss Rebels football team

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2014 Ole Miss Rebels football
Ole Miss Rebels logo.svg
Peach Bowl vs. TCU, L 3–42
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 19
AP No. 17
2014 record 9–4 (5–3 SEC)
Head coach Hugh Freeze (3rd season)
Co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke (3rd season)
Co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner (3rd season)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Co-defensive coordinator Dave Wommack (3rd season)
Co-defensive coordinator Jason Jones (2nd season)
Base defense 4–2–5
Captain Game captains
Home stadium Vaught–Hemingway Stadium
(Capacity: 60,580)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 14 Missouri x   7 1         11 3  
No. 9 Georgia   6 2         10 3  
Florida   4 4         7 5  
Tennessee   3 5         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         7 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         3 9  
Western Division
No. 4 Alabama x$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 11 Mississippi State   6 2         10 3  
No. 17 Ole Miss   5 3         9 4  
No. 22 Auburn   4 4         8 5  
LSU   4 4         8 5  
Texas A&M   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   2 6         7 6  
Championship: Alabama 42, Missouri 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Ole Miss Rebels football team represented the University of Mississippi in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Hugh Freeze, in his third season with Ole Miss. The Rebels played their home games at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi, and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

The Rebels won the first seven games of the season, their best start since the Johnny Vaught era. By October, they had risen as high as third in the nation, the highest they had been ranked at that late date in over half a century. However, the team ended their season losing four of their six last games, including a season-ending 42-3 loss to TCU in the Peach Bowl, their first major bowl appearance since the 1970 Sugar Bowl, and easily the biggest bowl game they had attended since Vaught's tenure. They finished the season as only the sixth Ole Miss team to win nine or more games since Vaught retired in 1973.

Before the season[edit]

National award watch lists[edit]

Preseason All-America[edit]

  • S Cody Prewitt
    • Sports Illustrated, Phil Steele, Lindy's (1st team)
  • OL Laremy Tunsil
    • Sporting News, USA Today (1st team)
  • DL Robert Nkemdiche
    • Athlon, USA Today (2nd team)
  • WR Laquon Treadwell
    • Athlon (3rd team)
  • TE Evan Engram
    • Sporting News (3rd team)

Preseason All-SEC[edit]

  • S Cody Prewitt
    • Media, Coaches, Athlon, USA Today, Phil Steele, Lindy's (1st team)
  • OL Laremy Tunsil
    • Media, Coaches, Athlon, USA Today, Lindy's (1st team)
  • DL Robert Nkemdiche
    • Media, Coaches, Athlon, Phil Steele (1st team)
  • WR Laquon Treadwell
    • Athlon, USA Today (1st team)
  • QB Bo Wallace
    • Coaches, Athlon, Phil Steele, Lindy's (2nd team)
  • S Tony Conner
    • Media, Coaches, Athlon, Phil Steele, Lindy's (2nd team)
  • LB Serderius Bryant
    • Phil Steele, Lindy's (2nd team)
  • OL Aaron Moris
    • Athlon (2nd team)
  • LB Denzel Nkemdiche
    • Media (2nd team)
  • DL C.J. Johnson
    • Lindy's (3rd team)
  • TE Evan Engram
    • Athlon (3rd team)

Returning starters[edit]