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Nov 28, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace (14) advances the ball during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State Bulldogs defeat the Mississippi Rebels with a score of 17-10 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

5. Ole Miss

Last Season: 8-5 (3-5)

The Good: Bo Wallace is the most experienced quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. He will be protected by left tackle Laremy Tunsil, one of the best in the nation, and throw to Laquan Treadwell, who just might be the best receiver in the SEC. Plus, the Rebels are very strong on defense and possess one of the best defensive backfields in college football.

The Bad: The biggest question mark for the Rebels entering 2014 is the offensive line. Tunsil is a rock at left tackle, but the rest of the group is much more suspect, and depth is a major issue. The Rebels can make plays offensively, but they’ll need time for Wallace to throw, and holes for the running backs to hit.

The Ugly: As good as Wallace can be (3,346 passing yards in 2013), he has a way of losing the football at the most inopportune times. Last season’s Egg Bowl could be used as the prime example. Wallace threw three of his ten interceptions against the hated Bulldogs, and then ran for what appeared to be the tying touchdown in overtime, only to fumble the ball and seal the defeat.

Position-By-Position Ranking (Out of 14 SEC Teams)

Quarterbacks – 2nd

Running Backs – 13th

Wide Receivers – 6th

Tight Ends – 4th

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  • Tackles – 8th

    Guards – 7th

    Centers – 12th

    Total Offense – 6th

    Defensive Ends – 9th

    Defensive Tackles – 5th

    Outside Linebackers – 4th

    Inside Linebackers – 9th

    Cornerbacks – 5th

    Safeties – 1st

    Total Defense – 6th

    Kickers – 11th

    Punters – 13th

    Kick Returners – 12th

    Punt Returners – 11th

    Head Coach – 7th

    Offensive Coordinator/Play-Caller – 11th

    Defensive Coordinator/Play-Caller – 8th

    Experience – 4th

    Schedule – 9th