Friday, October 2, 2009

Slam the 'Dores!

Yes, it's that time of year again. You know what I'm talking about. The time when most Ole Miss fans look forward to a sure SEC victory against the Vanderbilt Commodores. What's that? Vanderbilt has beaten Ole Miss 3 out of the last 5 years? Surely, you jest!

Apparently, regardless of the outcome the last 5 times the Rebels have played the Commodores many Ole Miss fans STILL believe victory is a sure thing whenever they play. I am NOT one of those Rebels. Having been in Nashville the last two times Ole Miss played (and lost) there, I will never again take Vandy for granted. I admit that it is fortunate Ole Miss got Vandy as their permanent East Division opponent. More often than not, the Rebels do have more talent and depth and should come away with the win. And this year, they need it more than ever.

After a tough road loss to South Carolina which caused their ranking to drop more than the Dow Jones yesterday, Ole Miss needs a breakout game. The offensive line and Jevan Snead have got to gel and get things rolling against a salty Vanderbilt defense. If they can score 28 or more, the Rebels will win. The Rebel "D" is better than the Mississippi State defense that held Vandy to 3 points and 150 or so total yards and Ole Miss will not face a better rusher than SC's Norwood the rest of the year. I have heard through the Oxford grapevine that Coach Nutt and staff have tinkered with the O-line and there will be more cohesion, focus and effort than we saw last Thursday in Columbia. This should accomplish three things: 1) allow Jevan time to find his receivers, 2) give the receivers the time they need to be found by Jevan and 3) build confidence for Jevan and his blockers that should carryover into the Alabama game and beyond.

My crew and I are heading out in the next hour or so for Tennessee and plan on bringing home a big Rebel victory. Forward Rebels!

1 comment:

  1. It's 20 years after Chucky Mullins' ill-fated hit. That's an unfortunate but significant part of this game every year.