At first glance, Saturday’s nonconference matchup between No. 16 Ole Miss and independent Liberty might not seem like must-watch TV. Luckily, Sporting News is here to set the record straight.
The Rebels and Flames’ meeting provides several captivating storylines, not least of which is the quarterback battle between Ole Miss’ Matt Corral and Liberty’s Malik Willis. The Rebels gunslinger remains one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy in 2021, throwing 2,202 yards and 15 touchdowns to two interceptions while adding 538 rushing yards and 10 more scores.
Willis, meanwhile, has 1,986 passing yards and 21 touchdowns to six interceptions. Like Corral, Willis is also a gifted runner, rushing for 697 yards and nine touchdowns.
This will also be Liberty coach Hugh Freeze’s first return to Oxford since his resignation prior to the 2017 season. Freeze — who had beaten Alabama Nick Saban in both 2014 and ’15 — left the program after it was discovered he made calls to an escort service on a university-issued phone. He has since enjoyed a resurgence at Liberty, leading the Flames to records of 8-5, 10-1 and 7-2 in 2019, ’20 and ’21, respectively.
It’s also worth watching how Ole Miss responds to an emotionally draining loss to Auburn, a game in which coach Lane Kiffin’s aggressive play calls three times resulted in turnovers on downs in the Auburn red zone. The Rebels are almost certainly out of contention for the SEC West championship, but how they get up for this game will go a long way in how this team finishes the season.
Sporting News has everything you need to tune in and watch:
What channel is Ole Miss vs. Liberty on today?
- TV channel (national): SEC Network
- Live stream: ESPN App, fuboTV
The meeting between Ole Miss and Liberty will be broadcast nationally on the SEC Network. You can also stream the game live on the ESPN App or with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Ole Miss vs. Auburn start time
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 6
- Kickoff: Noon ET
Ole Miss vs. Auburn will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET from Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.
Ole Miss schedule 2021
|vs. Louisville (Atlanta)||Sept. 6||Ole Miss 43, Louisville 24|
|vs. Austin Peay||Sept. 11||Ole Miss 54, Austin Peay 17|
|vs. Tulane||Sept. 18||Ole Miss 61, Tulane 21|
|at No. 1 Alabama||Oct. 2||Alabama 42, Ole Miss 21|
|vs. No. 13 Arkansas||Oct. 9||Ole Miss 52, Arkansas 51|
|at Tennessee||Oct. 16||Ole Miss 31, Tennessee 26|
|vs. LSU||Oct. 23||Ole Miss 31, LSU 17|
|at No. 18 Auburn||Oct. 30||Auburn 31, Ole Miss 20|
|vs. Liberty||Nov. 6||TBD|
|vs. No. 14 Texas A&M||Nov. 13||TBD|
|vs. Vanderbilt||Nov. 20||TBD|
|at No. 17 Mississippi State||Nov. 25||TBD|
Liberty schedule 2021
|vs. Campbell||Sept. 4||Liberty 48, Campbell 7|
|at Troy||Sept. 11||Liberty 21, Troy 13|
|vs. Old Dominion||Sept. 18||Liberty 45, Old Dominion 17|
|at Syracuse||Sept. 24||Syracuse 24, Liberty 21|
|at UAB||Oct. 2||Liberty 36, UAB 12|
|vs. Middle Tennessee||Oct. 9||Liberty 41, Middle Tennessee 13|
|at Louisiana-Monroe||Oct. 16||Louisiana-Monroe 31, Liberty 28|
|at North Texas||Oct. 23||Liberty 35, North Texas 26|
|vs. UMass||Oct. 30||Liberty 62, Umass 17|
|at No. 16 Ole Miss||Nov. 6||TBD|
|vs. Louisiana||Nov. 20||TBD|
|vs. Army||Nov. 27||TBD|