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Sophomore slump: It’s is a common phrase in the sports world. It refers to a player who had a breakout rookie season and is experiencing difficulties in their second year when expectations are high for them to succeed. For Ole Miss women’s soccer goalkeeper Kelly McCormick, it’s been the exact opposite kind of sophomore season.

 
On the field after Ole Miss’ 41-20 win over Auburn, it was apparent just how much it meant to the Ole Miss program to snap its 16-game Southeastern Conference losing streak.

 
It had been 741 days since Ole Miss had the opportunity to celebrate a Southeastern Conference win. A lot has changed since then, most notably a coaching change that saw Hugh Freeze take the reins of the football program. 

 
With the start of basketball season less than a month away, the Ole Miss athletics department generated excitement with Square Jam. On Friday night, following the homecoming parade, the men’s and women’s basketball teams began practice for the season outside on the Square, where a portable basketball court was set up in front of City Hall, along with lights, speakers and a smoke machine.

After taking a step forward last week by holding a lead in the fourth quarter, Ole Miss took yet another step this week by holding and building onto a fourh quarter lead against the Auburn Tigers.

The 41-20 win snapped Ole Miss’ 16-game Southeastern Conference losing streak, and gave the Rebels their first SEC win since defeating Kentucky in 2010..

 
Ole Miss enters Saturday’s Homecoming game seeking its first conference win since defeating Kentucky 42-35 in 2010, and Auburn may be the perfect opportunity for it to do so. 

Bennett Hipp

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In this week’s edition of Four Downs, The Daily Mississippian football beat writers Bennett Hipp and Matt Sigler, sports editor David Collier and managing editor Austin Miller answer four questions regarding the week’s matchup.

 
In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian football beat writer Bennett Hipp gives his keys to this week’s matchup.

 
To be a freshman and be a leader, particularly in the Southeastern Conference, is rare, in the words of head coach Hugh Freeze. However, Ole Miss redshirt freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche has done just that.

 
Two years removed from playing high school football at Sylva-Bay Academy, and one year removed from being thrown into the Southeastern Conference mix as a true freshman, sophomore safety Cody Prewitt has emerged as a leader and playmaker for a young but improving Ole Miss defense. 

 
When someone is rated the No. 1 player in the state, expectations are through the roof. It was no different for sophomore wide receiver Vince Sanders when he came out of Noxubee County High School in 2010 rated the No. 1 player in Mississippi. Along with that came the stress of being a highly sought-after recruit and the ultimate decision of where to play college football.

 
The Daily Mississippian sports editor David Collier caught up with ESPN SEC bloggers Edward Aschoff and Chris Low to give their evaluation of the Ole Miss football team through the first half of the season.

 
The Ole Miss basketball teams will begin their seasons in a unique fashion. The men’s and women’s teams will hold a practice on the Square Friday night in the first ever Square Jam.

 
Ole Miss isn’t sure what to expect from Auburn offensively on Saturday, but co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner knows exactly to expect when the Rebels’ offense takes the field Saturday against Auburn’s defense. 

 
After two disappointing matches last weekend to Kentucky and Arkansas, the Lady Rebels hit the road this weekend to take on Florida Friday night and Georgia Sunday afternoon. Ole Miss (8-8, 2-5 SEC) only won one of the seven sets played last weekend. 

 
The Ole Miss women’s soccer team is hitting the road yet again this weekend as they head to Nashville for a matchup with Vanderbilt and then to Columbia, S.C. for a showdown against the Lady Gamecocks. 

After facing an effective scrambling quarterback last weekend in freshman Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, the Ole Miss defense will once again have to prepare for the unexpected when the Rebels (3-3, 0-2 SEC) take on Auburn (1-4, 0-3 SEC) this Saturday.

Auburn has had its share of struggles on the offensive side of the ball this season, but Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said that at some points it is like the Tigers are running five or six different offenses.

Already extremely young on the defensive side of the football, Ole Miss added another true freshman to the mix when the Rebel defense took the field for the first time against Texas A&M.

Defensive back Mike Hilton made the first start of his young career at the huskie position and received his first extensive playing time as well.

 
After facing an effective scrambling quarterback this past weekend in freshman Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, the Ole Miss defense will once again have to prepare for the unexpected when the Rebels (3-3, 0-2 SEC) take on Auburn (1-4, 0-3 SEC) on Saturday. 

 
Already extremely young on the defensive side of the football, Ole Miss added another true freshman to the mix when the Ole Miss defense took the field for the first time against Texas A&M. 

 
In this week’s installment, The Daily Mississippian’s sports editor David Collier will rank the 14 Southeastern Conference teams. Opponents, game times and television networks are also included for each team.

 
There were about seven minutes to go in the game, and Texas A&M was looking at a third-and-19 on its own three-yard line. Ole Miss was ahead 27-17, and many of the 55,343 spectators in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium were feeling relieved. The Rebels (3-3, 0-2 SEC) were close to getting their first Southeastern Conference win of the year and ending a 15-game SEC losing streak.

 
In the week leading up to this past Saturday’s game against Texas A&M, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze spoke about his team needing to take the next step.

 
FRIDAY: GEORGIA 2, OLE MISS 0
 
The Ole Miss women’s soccer team returned to the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium Friday night after a tough four-game road swing.  The scoring woes continued for the Rebels as they fell to the Lady Bulldogs of Georgia 2-0.