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No. 25 Mississippi (2-0) at Texas (1-1), 7 p.m. (LHN)

Line: Texas by 2 ½

Series record: Texas leads 6-1

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Mack Brown’s job? One game won’t decide it, but the pressure is rising in Austin after a blowout loss at BYU, pushing to the point where every game this season may be a referendum on Brown. For Mississippi, a quality road win over a wounded Texas would show the Rebels could be for real this season.

KEY MATCHUP:

In the trenches. BYU hammered Texas at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Texas couldn’t stop the run and struggled to protect its quarterback even when facing just three pass rushers. If the Rebels can manhandle Texas the way the Cougars did, expect another long night for the Longhorns.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Texas: QB David Ash or Case McCoy. Starter Ash left the BYU game with head and shoulder injuries and his status may not be known until Saturday. Ash passed for six touchdowns in the first two games. McCoy, a senior, is a risk-taker prone to turnovers.

Mississippi: DE Robert Nkemdiche. The freshman was one of the top recruits in the country last year. He doesn’t have a sack yet, but a big night against a shaky Texas offensive line could be his coming out party nationally.

FACTS & FIGURES

Ole Miss is ranked for the first time since ending the 2009 season No. 20 … The Longhorns have been pushovers at home. Texas is 11-9 at home since 2010, including 0-6 against ranked opponents … The Rebels average 239 yards rushing. Texas gave up 550 on the ground to BYU last week, leading to the dismissal of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and the hiring of Greg Robinson to fill the position.

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