FOOTBALL: Travel Day notes, quotes, thoughts

It was a non-eventful morning drive to the Memphis airport, which is the kind of drive I prefer.

I wasn’t so sure during the week that I’d have flown out today. As the week went along, however, projections for Hanna had the storm making landfall late tonight or early tomorrow, well after my landing in Greensboro.

In the last predictions I saw, Greensboro TV people were expecting 25-30 mile-an-hour winds as the storm passes through tonight. This was a Thursday evening forecast, and they were thinking the storm would be more of a rain event for the area, which includes Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University.

The rain could actually be gone by game time, which is 3:30 eastern, 2:30 central. Conditions will be wet, but there may be little or no rain during the game.

In other news …

I watched a good bit of the South Carolina-Vanderbilt game last night. Both teams are on deck for the Rebels in the coming weeks.

Gamecocks quarterback Chris Smelley threw a touchdown pass late, but I underestimated how bad that offense is right now. The Gamecocks have a receiver, Kenny McKinley, with All-America potential, but they didn’t get him the ball enough last night. He made one nice catch for Carolina’s first touchdown on a 1-on-1 move. He may have had the second, but I was asleep by then.

I picked South Carolina to win last night because of its defense. The Gamecocks are pretty stout there. But after determining it was not going to run at the middle, Vanderbilt had some success working wide and with misdirection. After that, they had a little more success running at the middle too.

Vanderbilt has five new starters on the offensive line. Ole Miss will have to take advantage of that fact if it is going to win the game.

That’s one, a home game at Vaught-Hemingway, that I have penciled in for the Rebels if they are to eventually qualify for a bowl game. It is imperative that Ole Miss be 3-1 after four games, the third win in that stretch being the Commodores. Next week is Samford at home. I do not have Wake Forest penciled in. ….

I listened to WREC’s coverage of Memphis coach Tommy West’s weekly call-in show on the drive over. West basically felt the Tigers’ lost the Ole Miss game in the second quarter when they didn’t execute on offense as well as they did last year in the game. He was generally pleased with his quarterback play.

Memphis has some talent on offense. It will be interesting to see what they do with Rice this weekend. Rice scored 50-plus points in its opener, a win at SMU in the debut of coach June Jones, who had Hawaii in a BCS bowl last year.

Defensively, it looked like Rice did a fair job of stopping the run. SMU got its yards and points in the passing game, which you would expect. Former Ole Miss defensive coordinator Chuck Driesbach, is on staff at Rice, I believe as coordinator.

— PA

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11 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Travel Day notes, quotes, thoughts”

  1. oxfordrebel Says:

    Big announcement coming in a few minutes about a rivals 5* CB from Arky. It’s down to us and arky, hope we can pull it out…

  2. oxfordrebel Says:

    he’s a hog, dang it…

  3. donttouchatwire Says:

    pa. if i am not mistaken Kenny McKinley was hurt in that game and was on the sideline in street clothes. at first with his knee wrapped in ice but later up walking around.

  4. BirdZ! Says:

    You Rebel fans may like this.

    http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sec/0-1-326/Keep-your-eyes-on-Ole-Miss–McCluster.html

  5. djrebel Says:

    You know, I had the sound down and kept seeing a guy in street clothes, but wasn’t it McKinley who caught the first touchdown? I thought it was, but I’ll have to investigate that.

    — PA

  6. djrebel Says:

    McKinley had three catches in the game, including the first touchdown, if the folks at Yahoo are correct.

    — PA

  7. pBeez Says:

    I am excited to see us play on tv! Not sure how often that will happen this year. Enjoy W-S PA, and if you get a chance check out the bakery at Old Salem. Those Moravians are mean bakers, especially their Ginger Cookies.

  8. djrebel Says:

    Thanks P-Beez. Do you have any idea on directions or travel time from the Greensboro airport to the bakery? I’m staying out by the airport. We’ll go into W-S probably midday tomorrow.

    — PA

  9. pBeez Says:

    Old Salem is just south of downtown. It will be the south Exit, Liberty/Main St, 5D it looks likes – right after the big interchange to Lexington/Mt Airy when you come into downtown on I-40 Business. Its pretty well marked. Just keep looking for the brown Old Salem signs as you drive in on Business 40 – don’t take the by-pass. You can park for free at the Visitors Center – which is pretty cool – and walk over. The Bakery is free to visit and buy things from. Mapquest says it’s 22 miles from the airport – so around 30 minutes.

    Old Salem is like Colonial Williamsburg, but with out the crowds, and more original buildings. There are a couple stores on Main St that also sell cool tin work. Look for the Christmas Star, a great gift/souvenir of what I hope is a Rebel win.

    Depending on how you go, this on your way to the stadium – you’ve got to drive to W-S any way. Make sure you take some time to check out the campus. Really nice – especially the main quad, although they had to cut down the big Elms that lined it. The stadium in not “on” campus, but not to far away. There are a fair number of bars and restaurants in the immediate area.

  10. pBeez Says:

    Looking at this carefully PA, the visitor’s center is well to the south of the bakery – and unless you want to just enjoy the walk, follow the signs towards Old Salem, then look for the Academy St intersection. Turn left at the light and you’ll drive up into the old section. turn left at the next street – Main – and the bakery is right there on your right. The green is just a block south. The stores with the tin stars in one more block south of the green I believe. Main St will take you back to Business 40.

    enjoy your trip.

  11. donttouchatwire Says:

    yahoo is correct he did play in the game. i didn’t mean to make it sound like he didn’t play just that he didn’t play much.

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