Thursday, November 27, 2014

Victory by Air

It's been well established that Ole Miss struggles running the football. If the Rebels are going to beat Mississippi State it'll be through the air. The game will be won or lost on the success of Bo Wallace in the passing game. 

After last week, that's not the most reassuring thought, but Wallace has been steady for most of the season. Hopefully, Arkansas won't repeat itself. Regardless, Wallace is Ole Miss' best and only hope. 

According to the Wall Street Journal the aerial matchup sets up well for Ole Miss:

On defense, the Bulldogs rank 110th in the number of pass plays allowed of 10-plus yards. This could come into play against Ole Miss, which has the 15th highest number of pass plays of 10-plus yards in the country and 26th in 35-plus yard pass plays.

Of course, for these statistics to play out in the Rebels' favor Wallace can't turn the ball over. But if Ole Miss protects the ball the Rebels should experience success through the air. 

The Greatest Egg Bowl Win Ever

Ole Miss has never played Mississippi State while it was ranked in the Top 5. I didn't look that up. I'm assuming it, because...Mississippi State. 

What this means is that if the Rebels are somehow able to get the win on Saturday, it will be the greatest Egg Bowl win in Ole Miss history. 

Here's hoping we're two days away from history. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bring on the F's!

We are now safely at Granny's house. The voyage is complete, the car unpacked, the stomach full and the glass equally so. 

All is well. 

Bring on Thanksgiving and the three F's: Family, Food and Football!

Thanksgiving Adventure

It's the day before Thanksgiving!

Like many of you, my family is traveling to be with a parent for the big weekend. This year, my family is taking it to a whole new level. In a few hours we will load down the minivan with luggage for six, food, four kids, three dogs, two parents and a partridge in a pear tree. 

Just kidding about that last part. 

And yes, you read that correctly, three dogs. Specifically, our two big black Great Dane/ coonhound / Labrador mixes. The third is a 5-pound chihuahua that can fit safely inside the center console. I'm not so worried about her.

It's going to be epic. Frankly, I'm not sure it will even work. It's never been done before with all of us in the van. 

But once I get (or if I get) everybody crammed safely and securely inside that tiny minivan with the door latched and child window locks engaged so nobody can escape, we will literally drive over a bunch of rivers and through many a wood to grandmother's house.  

For four hours. 

I am super-pumped.

The dogs aren't even the scariest part of this voyage. It's how the humans will react under the stress. The 3-year old will need at least four potty breaks. The 9-year old will whine about being touched by brothers, sisters and dogs. The 7-year old will pester the 8-year old, who will take it out on the 9-year old. And all of that madness will quickly make its way up to the front seat with mom and dad, who will be deep in debate over the best way to fry the turkey and who has the most awesome mother-in-law. 

We will surely break under the pressure. 

No. We won't. We can do this. 

This is what Thanksgiving is all about. Togetherness. In a minivan. 

Happy Thanksgiving y'all. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Legacy of Doctor Bo

With SEC West and Playoff hopes dashed, Ole Miss is playing for pride and a warm-weather bowl when it takes on Mississippi State in this weekend's Egg Bowl. But something much greater than that may be on the line for senior quarterback Bo Wallace. For Wallace, this game will likely decide how he will be remembered by Ole Miss fans for years to come. Fair or not, the legacy of Bo Wallace will be decided by a single game. 

As a 3-year starting quarterback with a winning record at a school that hasn't had many 3-year starting quarterbacks with winning records, deciding Wallace's legacy by a single game probably isn't fair - it really isn't - but it's the truth. 

If Ole Miss wins this weekend Wallace will be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks to wear the Red & Blue. He'll have three bowl games, the Ole Miss record books and two Egg Bowl wins to back it up. He'll be remembered as a winner.

If the Rebels lose...the bowl games and the records will be considered anomolies to two Egg Bowl losses, bad decisions, turnovers, and epic November collapses. He'll be remembered for all the wrong reasons.  

It shouldn't come down to this. Wallace has beaten every SEC West team in his three years. He resurrected the program from the grave, set records and won bowl game MVP trophies. It really shouldn't come down to this one game.

But it does. 

How will Bo Wallace be remembered? We find out Saturday.