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Mississippi quarterback Jordan Ta'amu (10) releases a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana-Lafayette in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

There could be fireworks in Oxford on Saturday between Ole Miss and the Aggies.

Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu threw for 418 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-22 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette as A.J. Brown caught 14 passes for 185 yards and two scores.

Ta’amu is a JC transfer who took over after Shea Patterson suffered a season-ending injury. In three and a half games he’s competed 86 of 117 (73.5 percent) for 1,246 yards. Ta’amu, who is from Hawaii, will have extra incentive Saturday, his parents will be in the stands.

"I knew it would be hard from the beginning once I chose Ole Miss,” he said. “We knew travel would be expensive and busy. I love my parents for always supporting me even though they are miles away. They will be here next week for the Texas A&M game, which will be great. They trust me a lot and want me to keep going."

Ole Miss squandered a 31-7 lead in a 38-37 home loss to Arkansas in Ta’amu’s first start, but the Rebels have rebounded to win at Kentucky (37-34) and beat the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Ole Miss will try to make it three straight for Senior Night.

“I think we just have to go take care of ourselves and really focus on these seniors having an opportunity on senior night playing their last game in Vaught-Hemingway,” Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said. “I think we need to create a special environment for those guys and really play well."

Ta’amu will be opposed by A&M’s Nick Starkel, who is coming off a 416-yard, four-touchdown effort in only his second start. Starkel played only a half in a 55-14 victory over New Mexico.

Ole Miss is a 2.5-point favorite over Texas A&M

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SLOCUM’S TOP 16

Here’s how retired Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum voted in this week’s Football Writers Association of American and National Football Foundation’s Top 16 poll.

1, Alabama

2, Miami

3, Wisconsin

4 ,Clemson

5, Oklahoma

6, Ohio State

7, Penn State

8, Auburn

9, Oklahoma State

10, Washington State

11, Southern Cal

12, Georgia

13, Washington

14, TCU

15, Notre Dame

16, LSU

 CESSNA’S AP TOP 25

1, Alabama

2, Miami

3, Clemson

4, Oklahoma

5, Wisconsin

6, Georgia

7, Ohio State                               

8, Auburn

9, TCU

10. Notre Dame

11, Oklahoma State

12, Penn State

13, Southern Cal

14, Washington State

15, Mississippi State

16, Central Florida

17, Memphis

18, Michigan

19, Washington

20, Michigan State

21, LSU

22, West Virginia

23, Iowa State

24, South Florida

25, Northwestern

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