About an hour before kick now. MSU specialists are on the field in maroon pants, white shirts, white helmets.
Ole Miss specialists are just coming out.
An unsubstantiated rumor has been floated that Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead did not participate in the walk-through before the game. Snead is not at full strength, but the company line all week has been that he’ll play.
The Grove was pretty mild this morning. Lots of tents were set up but vacant. State gave back several thousand tickets. I know people were bothered by the threat of rain. I’m thinking they’re doing good if they get up to 50,000.
Rebels on the board, going 76 yards, five plays. Snead threw two passes on the drive, completions of 21 and 9 yards to Hodge. McCluster ran 36 yards from the Wild Rebel for the points. Made Fitzhugh miss just past the line of scrimmage and ran down the sideline. Bolden took the Wild Rebel snap and handed to McCluster coming back across to the right.
After a leaping interception by Palmer at the 46, Rebels go 54 yards in six plays. Snead completes a 30-yard pass to Hodge on first down, then a 10-yard pass to Hodge for the points. Snead, bad shoulder and all, is 7-for-7. Ole Miss 17-0, 4:31 left.
It’s hard to say a momentum change is occuring, because Ole Miss is playing so well on defense. State can’t move the ball. Ole Miss isn’t moving it well right now, but that could change in the third quarter.
Tough engery for the Dogs. I hate to see that happen to anybody and my prayers are with the young man.
That being said, State has now had a chance to re-group and this game is far from being over. Since the Snead interception, the Rebels have been flat. We need to keep the intensity up. Again, this one ain’t over yet.
Snead to Wallace for a 72-yard touchdown. Wallace was at least three steps behind Pegues’ backup, Zach Smith, and Charles Mitchell. Wallace, in a classless move, turned at pointed at both of them on the way to the end zone, so the Rebels will kick off from the 15.
I have a feeling that with the injuries to Pegues and McRae as well as the thorough butt kicking in the first half that there is a potential for the fourth quarter to get very “chippy”…especially if Ole Miss is up big. We shall see.
Ole Miss took over at the State 39 after back-to-back sacks and a short punt on the Bulldogs’ first possession.
Rebels drive 39 yards in 11 plays with Snead passing to Bradley Sowell — yes Bradley Sowell — for the point on fourth-and-goal from the 1. It was not quite the same magnitude of the fourth-and-1 last year.
WOW! Have smiled all day. Just an amazing day to be a Rebel! My buddy & I were talking at the game whether or not either team has ever dominated the other quite like the beatdown that went on today?
So proud for the players who hung in thru the mess of the last few years. Nutt & Staff have worked hard to bring the energy back to this program & it is getting there with ever win. Nutt was correct when he said you spell fun – W-I-N! I really had fun watching this team all year. So glad we still have one more to go!
Just tuned in – heard late today that Ole Miss had blasted Miss State. Great job Rebels knew that you had it in you. A job well done. Its onward and upward for this great Rebel team under the outstanding leadership of Coach Nutt and his staff. GO REBELS!!
I still think we go to the Cotton regardless of what happens tommorow in the UGA-GT and USC-Clemson games. I understand that no representative from the Outback Bowl was in Oxford today. The word in my neck of the woods (Southeast NC) is that USC is locked in with the Outback regardless of whether the Gamecocks beat Clemson. The interesting aspect is that the Capital One Bowl does seem interested in Ole Miss. However, I would be surprised if they selected an 8-4 (5-3) Ole Miss team over a 9-3 (6-2) UGA team if they lose to GT. If Ole Miss were to somehow end up in the Capital One then I would expect to see UGA in the Cotton.
I look for UF/AL to go to the BCS Championship and the Sugar. UGA to the Capital One. USC to the Outback. OM to the Cotton. With LSU’s loss to ARK today I think that Vandy and UK are back in the Chick-Fil-A mix. I could easily see the Chick-Fil-A select a 7-5 Vandy or a 7-5 UK comming off a win over a 7-5 LSU comming off 2 losses and a near dibacle against Troy. If the Chick-Fil-A selects either Vandy or UK then LSU ends up in the Music City as neither Vandy (don’t want to play in home city) nor UK (they have played in a bunch of MCB games) excite the Music City Bowl.
Unreal game. It just felt like the Hoover Dam was leaking out of a pinhole in the first few minutes, then came the whole enchilata. I didn’t think our defense would be that dominate. It didn’t even look like the same State team that really had a good effort a couple weeks back in Tuscaloosa. Like you said Raliegh, I’m consistently wrong, and aren’t you glad???
I don’t think we will know anything till after the SEC Championship game on the Bowl deal, due to the implications that may hold. If either of those 2 teams get blown out or beaten tomorrow, it may only allow us to get 1 BCS team from the SEC, which may impact the pecking order. This is the tough part of Bowl bids, hurry up and wait.
Great Day to be a Rebel. I’m proud of the team, especially the Defense. Hotty Toddy. Keep Nutt, at all cost. Sign the petition!!!! (joke)
I did not realize when I posted earlier that Georgia had nine wins. As I understand it:
BCS Nat. Championship: Florida/Alabama
Capital One (gets first pick): Georgia
Cotton Bowl (gets seconds): Ole Miss
Outback (gets third): USC
Chik-fil-a: LSU (even though they lost, no one has better record and tigers travel incredibly well)
Music City: UK
The way the SEC writes its bowl policy is that the Cap 1 must pick the team with the second-best overall record or a team within one game of the overall best record. If Georgia loses it would be 9-3 but Ole Miss would be within one game.
I don’t think Cap 1 goes Ole Miss in that scenario, but it could, based on the “hot team” thinking.
Both UK and Vandy can go to 7-5 with wins tommorrow. LSU has now lost 2 in a row and slmost lost to Troy. Going from the National Title to a 7-5 season will keep a bunch of LSU fans at home come bowl time. I won’t be at all surprised if the Chick-Fil-A selects either UK or Vandy (with excited fan bases) over LSU (with a disappointed fan base and freshman QB). We’ll find out soon enough.
I don’t disagree with that logic, but when it comes to bowl like Peach-fil-a it is all about dollars and cents. LSU brings better ratings and crowds normally, which is why I placed them where I did. With the loss at Arkansas today, I would not be surprised either though..
I think it is great we are talking about bowls and that we are not going to the lowest rated one. Just imagine where we’d be if we had just won all of our home games!
Now we need to learn to be a program that repeats years like this over and over. We saw a team in the second half of this year that expected to win each game, not hoped to like in earlier years. Here’s hoping Nutt can keep this attitude going in 2009.
Was Nutt just talking when he said that the more wins we have – the warmer the bowl game would be?? I do remember wearing just a sweater vest to Dallas ’03 – but that place can get downright nasty that time of year……Was he somehow thinking Florida with that statement – or can he look into the future too & see great weather in Dallas on Jan 2? The way he is coaching this team I wouldn’t put that ability past him!!
Toddy, I’d look for the Rebels to jump up a few spots, but that depends on having an informed electorate. You never know about that.
As far as the bowls, I’m making plans for Dallas.
It looks to me that even in that “shared pick” arrangement between the Outback, Cotton and Chick-Fil-A that the Cotton has veto power relative to the Rebels and they want the Rebels. While these three bowls will “work with the conference office” the Cotton has the right to its preferred West team, while the Outback has rights to its preferred East team.
I think the Rebels will be in the Cotton Bowl unless Georgia loses today, and the Cap 1 throws everybody a curve. In that scenario Cap 1 would be within its contractual obligations to choose Ole Miss. This scenario assumes there are two SEC teams in the BCS. If not, either Florida or Alabama will drop back down to the Cap 1.
SEC BOWL POLICY
The Southeastern Conference has agreements to send nine of its member institutions to postseason bowl games following the 2008 season. The winner of the SEC Championship Game will automatically participate in the Bowl Championship Series comprised of the Sugar, Rose, Orange and Fiesta Bowls.
The Capital One (2nd), will then make its pick following the BCS selections. The bowl must select the team with the next best overall record or a team within one win of the team with the next best overall record.
The Outback, Chick-fil-A and AT&T Cotton Bowls will work with the conference office to determine picks 3-5. The Cotton Bowl has the first preference of teams from the Western Division and the Outback Bowl has first preference of teams from the Eastern Division. The Cotton or Outback Bowl can select teams outside of its divisional preference, but must not select them before the opposite bowl selects from its divisional preference. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has the selection of preference following the Cotton and Outback Bowls.
In selections 6-7, the AutoZone Liberty and Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowls will make their selections, not in any specific order, but in consultation with the SEC Office. The Bowls will rank available qualified teams in order of preference. If there are no similarities in the order of selection, the bowls will be granted its selection. If the bowls rank the same teams in preference, the team involved in the process would get its preference of which bowl to participate.
The Petro Sun Independence Bowl will receive the eighth selection and the Papajohns.com Bowl will have the ninth selection of available SEC teams.
PETRO SUN INDEPENDENCE BOWL
Dec. 28 • 8 p.m. ET • ESPN
Shreveport, La. • Independence Stadium (50,459)
Teams: SEC vs. Big 12
Dec. 29 • 3 p.m. ET • ESPN
Birmingham, Ala. • Legion Field (71,594)
Teams: SEC vs. Big East
Dec. 31 • 7:30 p.m. ET • ESPN
Atlanta, Ga. • Georgia Dome (71,228)
Teams: SEC vs. ACC
GAYLORD HOTELS MUSIC CITY BOWL
Dec. 31 • 3:30 p.m. ET • ESPN
Nashville, Tenn. • The Coliseum (67,000)
Teams: SEC vs. ACC
Jan. 1 • 11 a.m. ET • ESPN
Tampa, Fla. • Raymond James Stadium (65,657)
Teams: SEC vs. Big Ten
CAPITAL ONE BOWL
Jan. 1 • 1 p.m. ET • ABC Sports
Orlando, Fla. • Florida Citrus Bowl (65,438)
Teams: SEC vs. Big Ten
AT&T COTTON BOWL
Jan. 2 • 2 p.m. ET • FOX Sports
Dallas, Texas • The Cotton Bowl (68,252)
Teams: SEC vs. Big 12
AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL
Jan. 2 • 5 p.m. ET • ESPN
Memphis, Tenn. • Liberty Bowl Stadium (62,338)
Teams: SEC vs. Conference USA
You may get tired of hearing this, but I want to say again that you are one of the best journalists in the state. I honestly believe you would cover ANY beat thoroughly and intelligently. I read your stuff daily because you write about Ole Miss, but I’ve become such a fan I’d probably follow you anywhere. My husband started taking the print edition of the DJ because he wants to save your articles and columns and read them days later.
For the record, I am a journalism professor at Ole Miss. Stop by and give some inspiration to my students sometime when you’re on campus.