1962 Ole Miss Rebels football
National Champion (Billingsley, Litkenhous, Sagarin)[1]
Sugar Bowl champion
SEC champion
Sugar Bowl, W 17–13 vs. Arkansas
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
1962 record10–0 (6–0 SEC)
Head coach
Home stadiumHemingway Stadium
(Capacity: 34,500)
Crump Stadium
(Capacity: 25,000)
Mississippi Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 46,000)
Seasons
← 1961
1963 →
1962 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Ole Miss $ 6 0 0 10 0 0
No. 5 Alabama 6 1 0 10 1 0
No. 7 LSU 5 1 0 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

The 1962 Ole Miss Rebels football team represented the University of Mississippi during the 1962 NCAA University Division 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 retroactively awarded the national championship by the Billingsley Report, Litkenhous and, later, Sagarin Ratings. To date, it is the only undefeated and untied season in Ole Miss' football history.

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]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultSource
September 22Memphis State*No. 6W 21–7
September 29KentuckyNo. 7W 14–0
October 6Houston*No. 7W 40–7
October 20TulaneNo. 5W 21–0[3]
October 27vs. VanderbiltNo. 7W 35–0
November 3at No. 4 LSUNo. 6W 15–7
November 10Chattanooga*No. 4W 52–7[4]
November 17at TennesseeNo. 3W 19–6
December 1Mississippi StateNo. 3W 13–6
January 1, 1963vs. No. 6 Arkansas*No. 3W 17–13
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

*Schedule Source:[5]

Roster

Jim Weatherly was a backup quarterback on this team before abandoning football to become a singer-songwriter.[6] Ironically in light of the Meredith controversy during this season, his best-known composition was the soul classic "Midnight Train to Georgia", most famously recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips.

Awards

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.[8]

References

  1. ^ NCAA. "National Poll Champions" (PDF). 2020 NCAA Division I Football records. NCAA.org. p. 117. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Cherner, Reid (August 5, 2012). "ESPN announces 30 for 30 schedule". USA Today. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ole Miss shuts out Tulane in rain-swept stadium 21–0". The Clarion-Ledger. October 21, 1962. Retrieved September 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Ole Miss Rebs in effortless win". The Clarion-Ledger. November 11, 1962. Retrieved September 10, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ DeLassus, David. "Mississippi Yearly Results: 1960–1964". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  6. ^ Pepper, Bobby (February 3, 2021). "Jim Weatherly, Pontotoc native and Hall of Fame songwriter, dies". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Tupelo, Mississippi. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  7. ^ College Football @ Sports-Reference.com
  8. ^ Normand, Travis (September 14, 2012). "1962 Ole Miss Football Team gets National Title Rings". Retrieved March 23, 2013.