Happy New Year all. I did actually ring in the New Year, though not in the central time zone. I was close, though.
Sounds like Ed will resurface at Tennessee and not LSU. Always good to have options.
Houston’s gotten a lot of credit for coaching Ole Miss this season, as he should. I figure the Rebels’ success didn’t hurt Ed’s recruiting reputation either.
After a week of run-up tomorrow is finally game day at the Cotton Bowl.
Texas Tech has a really good offense, I hear. It’s a quality unit, and that passing game is not a good matchup for Ole Miss.
Honestly, the Capital One bowl would have been a better matchup for the Rebels with Michigan State running the ball every play.
There are two ways Ole Miss wins the game, and the Rebels can’t have one without the other.
They have to get pressure on Graham Harrell. The Texas Tech QB has been sacked only 11 times behind a pretty stout offensive line, but the Ole Miss defensive line is the nation’s best at getting in the backfield.
It’s not so important that the Rebels sack Harrell — though that would be nice — as much as they have to be disruptive.
The second thing Ole Miss must do is control the football. Keep the ball away from Tech. Move the ball and score. The Rebels have the offense to get this done against a Tech defense that is good but not better than anything the Rebels have faced this season.
At some point the cornerbacks are going to have to make a few plays too. They don’t have to make every play, and they’ll need help, but they need to get some things done.
Ole Miss was dominant on both sides of the ball over the last five games, but there’s been a pretty long layoff now, and Houston Nutt’s bowl record isn’t one of his strong resume points.
More than 90 percent of persons responding to an ESPN online poll pick Texas Tech, but the Rebels have been a popular upset choice, and I’ll take them as well.
Ole Miss 36, Texas Tech 35