FOOTBALL: Friday morning tid-bits

A few Friday morning notes as Ole Miss heads into the Auburn game, the Rebels’ biggest game in four years.

— Lou Holtz and Mark May of ESPN both picked Ole Miss to be Auburn last night, for whatever that’s worth.
— I also pick the Rebels, so maybe there’s an ESPN gig in my future. If Ole Miss does in fact win it will be the first loss for Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville in Oxford. He is 4-0 playing against his former team at his former stadium.

Auburn is 18-6 in road or neutral games since 2004. That’s the fourth-best record in the nation. The Alabama Tigers are 8-1 all-time in Oxford, including a 23-17 win two years ago.

— This is the second of three straight games with close coaching connections for Ole Miss. Obviously Houston Nutt’s return to Arkansas was the biggest. Tuberville having coached at Ole Miss is pretty big too, but no longer newsy since he’s been gone since the 1999 season.

After next week’s open date the Rebels host La.-Monroe, where receivers coach Ron Dickerson and safeties coach Kim Dameron were both assistants last year.

The former Indians from Monroe, now Warhawks, are struggling this year, but they defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa last season.

— Auburn defensive end Antonio Coleman leads the SEC in sacks with six and in tackles for loss with 10 1/2.

— Ole Miss kicker Joshua Shene has hit his last eight field goals, is 12-for-13 on the season and is 26-for-26 on PATs.

— With 85 yards last week at Arkansas, receiver Mike Wallace became the Rebels’ career leader in kick return yardage with 1,174.

— Ole Miss is just 3-22 against Auburn since 1965, but Nutt is 5-5 against Auburn.

— PA

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7 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Friday morning tid-bits”

  1. Tyler-for-Heisman Says:

    Lets just hope Lee Corso doesn’t pick us. That usually means a L.

  2. Jay Stokes Says:

    hey PA….i wore my ole miss beanie to class this morning over here in birmingham. all the auburn fans are telling me that ole miss is going to win big. i wish i was as confident as they were.

  3. djrebel Says:

    I don’t think it will be an easy game for Ole Miss. There’s a pride and embarrassment thing going on for Auburn right now. They’ve had some internal conflict, but they’re not void of talent.

    The Rebels are capable if they protect the ball and don’t give up big plays in the secondary.

    — PA

  4. bigdraws Says:

    “– Ole Miss is just 3-22 against Auburn since 1965, but Nutt is 5-5 against Auburn.”

    OUCH!!!

  5. Gator Says:

    Ole Miss winning record not too good against opponents for the past few years. Its my belief that this present Coaching Staff will change this very soon. Starting with Auburn on Saturday.

  6. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Another Ole Miss football tradition has slipped away. That is the Rebs once playing the Werewolves of LSU at Halloween. Guess time changes everything. However, now they play the Werewolves of Auburn lead by Witch Tubby.

    Thanks for the stats draws. I think that “just 3-22” thing will start to change after Sat game. That is, if the Rebs don’t starting passing out “trick or treat” goodies to those Auburn Werewolves.

  7. farley662 Says:

    Oxford and the Square are packed tonight. Went to Volta and cars were parked all the way up to their with trick or treaters and folks in for the game. Never seen this before until tonight. Saw a mom pulling her two toddlers in a little green wagon out trick or treating. 5 steps behind her was the dad with beer in hand pulling a cooler of beer in another little green wagon.

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