Repent now for the end may be near. The first case of the ebola virus has been reported in the U.S., Ole Miss beat Alabama and Miss. State destroyed Texas A&M, an MSU quarterback is serious Heisman contender (let that one sink in for a moment) and Ole Miss and MSU are tied for third in the recent AP Top 25 Poll. Yes, strange days are indeed upon us.
But before we look into the crystal ball and try and see into the future, let’s take a moment to reflect over last weekend’s events.
Ole Miss Beat Alabama (Yes, that Ole Miss beat that Alabama)
In front of more than 60,000 people including Katy Perry, Lee Corso, Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth, who I thought played the Asgardian “Thor” but was told his brother Chris is Thor. And if you listen to the locals or those who dipped too deep into grannie’s moonshine jug, other celebrities that showed up for the game were Kenny Rogers, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, Eva Longoria, the guy who played Gordon on “Sesame Street” and Kid Rock. I think Archie Manning was there as well. Come on. Of course Archie Manning was there.
Anyway, this was a big time football game and Ole Miss made the Tide’s tears roll with a stunning 23-17 victory that had all of the dramatic flair that we college football fans love. There was a villain – you can’t give Alabama a touchdown on a clear “no call” facemask refs; a hero emerged late in the game when young Bo Wallace threw a touchdown to give the Rebels the lead late in the fourth quarter; there was heroics when a last minute pass was intercepted in the endzone by Ole Miss and there was pageantry in the way the Ole Miss fans stormed the field and took down the goal post. The last I heard, the goal post is going to be signing autographs next Tuesday at Square Books.
And through winning in such a grand way, the Rebels sealed their fate and climbed to number three on the AP Top 25 Poll…
…along with arch-nemesis Mississippi State.
MSU Destroys Texas A&M
Let’s not downplay the events that transpired in Starkville over the weekend. Tim Tebow and Paul Finebaum were in town with The SEC Today. You could have heard the ladies swooning over Tebow all the way from Starkville to Vernon, Ala. I myself am a Finebaum fan. I even went to Starkville Friday night to try and lightly stalk Finebaum, but evidently he decided not to eat at Old Venice at 9:30 p.m.
And if Paul Finebaum wasn’t exciting enough, the Bulldogs showed out on Texas A&M, who were at the time the number six team in the nation. I’ve watched A&M play a couple of times this year and they are no slouch team. Kenny Hill is a good quarterback and Kevin Sumlin is a great coach. But the Bulldogs beat them like a ragdoll in front of God and everyone.
So for the first time in like forever, MSU fans have their eyes on the big prize and that’s awesome. I get sick of the “We’re cool as long as we win eight or nine games.” Well, now the fanbase is thinking about winning the SEC West and playing for a national championship and having a Heisman winner.
Yep, Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns Saturday and he rushed for three more and everyone is talking about Dak. And they should be.
What Happens Next?
As historic as it is for both State and Ole Miss to be in the top five, this is college football and that poll changes every week.
As big as last week’s game against TAMU was for MSU, this week’s game against (#2) Auburn is bigger. Way bigger. CBS is coming to town to televise the game at 2:30 p.m. and ESPN College GameDay, the same College GameDay that was just in the Grove, will be coming to the Junction.
MSU has been haunted by Auburn since Cam Newton’s last appearance in Starkville and the Bulldogs held the Tigers to the lowest points they scored in any game. It was the last year Auburn won a National Championship. And as of press time, Auburn is only a 2.5 point favorite. If the Bulldogs win this one, there may be no stopping them.
Ole Miss is also playing a big game. It’s called “the next game you play after beating Alabama” and it’s on the road against a Texas A&M squad that is looking to avenge last week’s loss. The Rebels will have to focus and Wallace will have to put up some points.
I really hope the discussion next week is about Ole Miss being number two in the polls and MSU being number one.
This is the year that could happen0