Ole Miss Preview: Time To Deliver A Well Needed Beatdown
We are quickly approaching the business end of the season, which means Georgia and Bama are getting closer and closer as we tick off the rest of the schedule, one game that we have to drag ourselves through is Ole Miss. This saturday we welcome the Rebel Black Bears to Jordan-Hare, a team that has been just awful ever since Dexter McCluster and Jevan “Drew Brees” Snead fleed from Oxford, Mississippehh
Ole Miss do pose a threat, as Chizik always likes to point out in his weekly pressers, he never underestimates an opponent and neither do I, to an extent. But to put things into perspective, Ole Miss have ONE SEC win to their name since the 2009 season, and that was to Kentucky, and have yet to win an SEC game this season, do we want to be their first?
They do have weapons that can score, and I think they do score, hopefully nothing more than 20 points, otherwise I will be worried.We are making progress defensively, getting pressure, forcing turnovers will then give us well-needed confidence going into Georgia next week. I can’t stress how important the Georgia game is right now, but that’s for another day.
The program is in the pit, they did put out a pretty impressive performance over Arkansas last week, does that worry me? Not really, we are a much better team than them, we have the better coaches, players etc. and 85% of the time the better team wins.
We need to zap their confidence early with a couple of scores, whether it be a one handed grab by Benton, a Michael Dyer touchdown, an Emory Blake (who fingers crossed will be back healthy this weekend) slant, we need to give them a reason to throw in the towel, we need to get mad and deliver a beat down over someone, and who better to do it on than the punching bag of the SEC?
As for us, coming off a loss to LSU we need to gain our swag back, notching another SEC win will do nothing but strengthen our bowl opportunities and so far we have done fairly well with our schedule, staying undefeated at home and losing to three top 10 teams on the road, we haven’t gave up any stupid losses and hopefully that doesn’t happen this weekend. Yes we are rebuilding, but I don’t accept losses to teams like Ole Miss, and neither should you.
Offensively, I don’t think it would hurt to limit the Frazier-cat a little bit, teams know what play we are going to run when he is in at Quarterback, keeping Mosely in will help him gain momentum, confidence and most importantly some rhythm. Malzahn likes to run a fast paced offense, it wears down defense but that won’t happen if we keep chipping and changing Quarterbacks. I understand Frazier is a better runner, but Clint (barring anything drastic) will be facing a road test against Georgia and a strong Bama team in the upcoming weeks, giving him confidence in his game can’t hurt, as crazy as it sounds, it might actually pay off in the long run.
Houston Nutt does always have a knack of winning games he has no business of winning, which is another worry altogether, but we are a much better team than Ole Miss and we should take care of them handily, just like last season, and the year before that.
FEAR THE MIDDLE FINGER.
Prediction – Auburn 27-10 Ole Miss
Player Of The Game – Michael Dyer 26 carries/155 yards/2 TD’s
I’m still not entirely convinced we have our offense back and moving like a well oiled machine like we are used to, but even though we just played a great defensive team in LSU, I think we find our knack and notch 27 points, maybe more. Defensively we should be fine, Ole Miss may score early but I think we tighten it up and hold them to 10. After this game, we should be bowl eligible.