Get the matches and gasoline if you are in the Volunteer State. But enough to crack the Top 25?
Mississippi never ranks high in anything, unless you invert the rankings for illiteracy and obesity, in which Mississippi usually ranks No. 1.
“Offensively, I think their quarterback is coming into his own”, Freeze said. Mike Moore says his son, 22 year-old Ole Miss senior Ryan Moore, was walking with friends along the Stadium Stroll that connects the University of Alabama campus to a downtown Tuscaloosa parking area, when a man in his 30’s confronted Ryan and punched him. Steve writes on Ole Miss athletics, Oxford business, politics and other subjects.
Ole Miss was actually just a single point short of being a unanimous #1, such was our panel impressed with the quality of their win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa. If an up-tempo offense isn’t firing on all cylinders and going three-and-out, the defense will eventually tire. He’s not throwing balls that can be intercepted, and he’s generally noticing mismatches and trying to take advantage of them.
“It was great to see him step into that role and be resilient as he was on the field and on the sideline”, running back Kenyan Drake said.
The Tigers also have won 49 consecutive regular-season non-conference games, the longest streak in the FBS, heading into Saturday’s game at Syracuse (3-0).
The surprise is, it’s Saban’s ninth season at Alabama, and he still hasn’t figured out how to recruit the most important position on the team. The Rebels benefited from five turnovers in their victory over Alabama on Saturday.
Leonard Fournette ran roughshod over a floundering Auburn team that apparently thinks this is a good way to tackle somebody. Alabama would lose a close game to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, but end the season with a win over Colorado in the Independence Bowl.
Linebacker Darreon Herring said Vanderbilt’s coaches have caught opponents stealing signals quicker than the players, as teams try to figure out where Mason is sending his eclectic blitz packages and mixing pass coverages amid an up-tempo pace. The knock on the Rebels last season was that they turned it over a bit too much and couldn’t get the hard yards in tough spots. The over/under total for the game has been set at 55.5 points.
Micheel: As we saw Saturday night, Ole Miss is loaded with talent. A few of those plays against the Crimson Tide might fall under the category of “fortunate”, but Kelly was dialing up some big throws – two soul-crushing TD passes in the fourth quarter to stem the Tide – and led his team to 43 points against a Kirby Smart-coached defense that features future National Football League starters.
“I just want to tell them to make the people who wore that uniform proud and not give an embarrassment to the fanbase like we did”. The ULM players remember vivid details of plays and moments; they remember the rowdy bus ride home with a police escort welcoming them back into Monroe, La.; and, of course, they remember the vehicle dealer who weeks later strategically put up a billboard on I-20 – “Tide Rolled!” If the Rebels can stay healthy, they will be in the College Football Playoff, but that is a big IF.
“It was a first-year team”, Saban said, looking back on the 2007 season this past July.
Some other quarterback flips have come after questionable performances. It looks like Cardale Jones’ tenure as the starting quarterback is going to come to an end soon. Finally, Nick Saban gets a chance to redeem himself against a severely undermanned opponent. Ragnarok gave the cold shoulder to Alabama and Oregon, presumably because he’s only ranking undefeated teams at this point for some reason.