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20 September 2009

My CBS Blog poll for Week 3

Below is my picks for this week's CBS blog poll.  Thoughts? How would you rank the top 25?


Rank
Team
1
Florida
2
Texas
3
Alabama
4
Mississippi
5
Penn State
6
California
7
LSU
8
Southern Cal
9
Ohio State
10
Boise State
11
Virginia Tech
12
Oklahoma
13
Miami (Florida)
14
Cincinnati
15
Oklahoma State
16
Georgia
17
North Carolina
18
Georgia Tech
19
Houston
20
Auburn
21
UCLA
22
Utah
23
Texas Tech
24
Florida State
25
Brigham Young

Two blowouts, swine flu, season begins

The Rebels started out sluggish again tonight but rolled to a comfortable 53-7 win.  After an odd start to 2009, the Rebels real season begins on Thursday against South Carolina.  This will be a true test of where we are. 
South Carolina used several turnovers in 2008 to barely defeat the Rebels.  The SI jinx.  Many would argue this should be a revenge game for Ole Miss.  I think Nutt should sell it that way.

I am a bit uneasy about the game Thursday night.  First I have no feel for this team.  After the first two games, both huge blowouts,  I can't say if I think we look better than the end of last year.  The Rebels seemed lackluster in both wins.  Was it the flu?  The week off in the early season?  Who knows.  Second, it's an SEC game.  Anything can happen when two SEC teams meet.  Third, South Carolina will be pumped to play a top 5 team.  Finally, South Carolina always packs their stadium and it can get loud. 

14 September 2009

Rebels up to #5 after off week

The long open week is finally over.  The prize for the wait? Ole Miss #5(AP), #6 (USA).    I wasn't happy with the schedule this year but I have to say that we lucked out.  With the pig flu hitting the team it is a blessing that the Rebels had this week off and are playing a 1AA team on Sat. 

07 September 2009

Memphis game observations

The game started out well for the Rebels.  The team seemed fired up and we scored 10 points early.  Then it seemed the spirit of the team evaporated until the 4th quarter.  Normally, Ole Miss fans would be happy with a 31 point win.  However, this time there are some folks who felt we should have done better.  Here are my thoughts on the game:

(1) This is the game for Memphis.  One could argue that this is more important to Memphis than any bowl game they play in.  A win over Ole Miss in any season is huge but with the Rebels being in the top 10 a win for Memphis would have been the biggest win in school history.  Bottom line, they were up for the game.  For us, it's a game we should win.  So it's hard for the team to be hyped for the game.

(2)  First game of the season.  It seems most teams play sloppy the first game of the season. 

(3) We finished.  The most important thing for me this weekend is how we finished.  We pored it on in the 4th.  This will be important for the rest of the season.

(4) Our  D only game up one drive the entire game. 

(5)  Jevan was very mobile in the pocket and eluded several possible sacks.

06 September 2009

Gameday:Memphis

It's finally here.  The highly anticipated 2009 Rebel season is upon us.   Let's start this season off with a bang.  My prediction for today: Ole Miss 42 Memphis 14

05 September 2009

SEC Sat.

There will not be a Rebel game tomorrow but there will be a multitude of SEC games that span the length of the day.

I'll start by watching some UK v. Miami of Ohio, which is being played here in Cincinnati but it isn't exciting enough for me to drag myself to the game. (especially with all the other games going on). I'll flip over occasionally to the UT game. Won't be much of a game but I want to see how they look. Then it's on to the Georgia game. I'll flip to the MSU game during commercials. Finally to cap it off I'll catch the Alabama, VTU game. Oh and I guess I'll catch some of the LSU game.

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