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1962 Ole Miss Rebels football
National Champions
Sugar Bowl Champions
SEC Champions
Sugar Bowl, W 17–13 vs. Arkansas
ConferenceSoutheastern
Ranking
APNo. 3
1962 record10–0 (6–0 SEC)
Head coachJohnny Vaught
Home stadiumHemingway Stadium
Seasons
← 1961
1963 →
1962 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Ole Miss 6 0 0     10 0 0
#5/5 Alabama 6 1 0     10 1 0
#7/8 LSU 5 1 1     9 1 1
Georgia Tech 5 2 0     7 3 1
Florida 4 2 0     7 4 0
Auburn 4 3 0     6 3 1
Georgia 2 3 1     3 4 3
Kentucky 2 3 1     3 5 2
Mississippi State 2 5 0     3 6 0
Tennessee 2 6 0     4 6 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0     1 9 0
Tulane 0 7 0     0 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1962 Ole Miss Rebels football team represented the University of Mississippi during the 1962 college football season. The Rebels' finished the season undefeated, as Southeastern Conference (SEC) champions and with a victory over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. Ole Miss was awarded the national championship by the Billingsley Report, Litkenhouse and Sagarin Ratings.[1]

The Rebels' undefeated season was set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement taking place on their own campus as James Meredith, aided by the United States government, was attempting to be the first black student to enroll at the university. In 2012, ESPN aired a documentary on the team, Ghosts of Ole Miss, as part of its 30 for 30 series.[2]

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 22* Memphis State #6 Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS W 21–7  
September 29 Kentucky #7 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS W 14–0  
October 6* Houston #7 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS W 40–7  
October 20 Tulane #5 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS W 21–0  
October 27 vs. Vanderbilt #7 Crump StadiumMemphis, TN (Rivalry) W 35–0  
November 3 at #4 LSU #6 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Magnolia Bowl) W 15–7  
November 10* Chattanooga #4 Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS W 52–7  
November 17 at Tennessee #3 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN W 19–6  
December 1 Mississippi State #3 Hemingway Stadium • Oxford, MS (Egg Bowl) W 13–6  
January 1* vs. #6 Arkansas #3 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) W 17–13  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

*Schedule Source:[3]

AwardsEdit

In September 2012, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork announced that the team would be receiving new national championship rings to honor their accomplishments from the 1962 season.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "National Poll Champions" (PDF). 2012 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. p. 73. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2012/FBS.pdf. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  2. Cherner, Reid (August 5, 2012). "ESPN announces 30 for 30 schedule". USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2012/08/espn-announces-30-for-30-schedule/1#.UU29ijd48QY. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  3. DeLassus, David. "Mississippi Yearly Results: 1960–1964". College Football Data Warehouse. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/sec/mississippi/yearly_results.php?year=1960. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  4. College Football @ Sports-Reference.com
  5. Normand, Travis (September 14, 2012). "1962 Ole Miss Football Team gets National Title Rings". http://onepointsafety.com/2012/09/14/1962-ole-miss-football-team-gets-national-title-rings/. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
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