Welcome to the Jefferson Pilot early world of doom this week! We’re in a world where the SEC races have been trimmed and the SEC Network game is probably less relevant to people outside of the lovely territory of the Southeastern Conference. This is okay. We sort of trim these battles to nice mid-range rivalries. Here’s one today in Fayettevile.
Ole Miss (4-3, 1-2 SEC) Hugh Freeze’s first season has went better than the end of the Houston Nutt era and his team has shown moments of looking good. Other than a collapse against Texas, Ole Miss has fought pretty well against better competition and has easily put away teams in their range, so it seems like they should be able to take down Arkansas. It seems like it should be like this.
Arkansas (3-4, 2-2 SEC) Yet John L. Smith’s Arkansas is stunning in their ability to not look as massively awful as they previously seemed. Smith’s team is likely not going to survive long enough to get six wins for bowl eligibility (and they have THREE ranked teams in a row to close the season), and yes, this team is still in bad shape, but they’ve at least stepped above the cellar in the SEC after beating Auburn and Kentucky. Now let’s see if either team is as much of a cellar dweller as you would think.
Alright, football at 11:20 am. Join us then and all that.
There’s a Tennessee/Sakarlina game on at the same time. But those games don’t have John L. Smith yelling louder during the sideline report because he’s caught off guard by the stadium music. Get excited. I’m gonna miss this man at season’s end.
Miss 0, Arkansas 0 And wouldn’t you know, Tyler Wilson actually got a nice pass and Ark’s grey uniforms are on the move. I attributed this on Facebook, but John L. Smith is what happens if an Egan’s regular took charge of a college football team. I like the pleasant golf clap for Arky going for it on 4th down as well. Wilson’s playing solidly on the first drive of the game, and you never know where this ends up.
Arkansas 3, Miss 0 This was a pleasant drive. I hope lots of these keep happening. By the way, the drum fill that one of the bands does sounds just like the opening to this song:
I might just post 50 YouTube links as my update. You know, as opposed to the 48 I do every week. Ole Miss has a starting quarterback named Bo. It’s not Bo Hicks, so he’s instantly a little lesser in my eyes and Bo Wallace probably can’t make a fantastic Bloody Mary. Oh, one of the bands is playing “Seven Nation Army” like every other college band in America. Maybe they’re less au courant than I suspected at AT&T Field.
Tyler Wilson’s going back to his underthrowing ways after the first drive, though. At least until the flag gives Arkansas some space and pretty much makes the drive interesting again. Oh, Arkansas is wearing pink presumably for breast cancer awareness. I kind of wish this would happen in more than October, though. I mean, I’ve played Tecmo Super Bowl, a pink uniform football team is a-ok.
Arkansas 10, Miss 0 I say that Wilson underthrows, but he can figure out a defense pretty well. Wilson throws to Chris Gregg for a strike and Ole Miss looks pretty weak here. Not a good start for those Rebel Black Bears.
Arky’s band (I think?) is playing “Firework” by Katy Perry. I feel like that could end the live blog right now. Ole Miss had a drive, Ole Miss fumbled the ball. This is just incredibly sad. Arkansas might’ve finally found its edge, though. (Or Tyler Wilson almost threw a pick. Twice.)
Ole Miss doing stuff? I don’t know, there’s a loud drum beat outside my house. See, I live in Bama tailgating space, so I can’t pay attention as much as I want to. Although, I did hear Hugh Freeze coached 11 year old girl’s basketball.
OH SHIT, there’s a new SEC Network rap track. It sounds amazing, like all of them do. It’s like GET STRONG, GET TOUGH, OTHER WORDS, MOTIVATION, and whatnot.
End of the 1st Quarter
Ole Miss is driving! I just noticed Bo Wallace’s great flowing mane. It’s beautiful.
Ark 10, Miss 7 So does the easy fade for a touchdown by Bo Wallace. Not bad, kid. The Rebels are more than still in it. Miss is also starting to figure out that Arkansas’ offense is Tyler Wilson desperate throws to Kobi Hamilton most of the time. But hey, maybe Knile Davis can do some stuff, too. This is the fourth time Dave Neal said, “And that should have been picked off.” Hey remember when Tyler Wilson was an elite national quarterback?
HEY GUESS WHAT, TYLER WILSON GOT PICKED OFF. Shock of shocks. Oh wait, an Ole Miss drive ended with a Bo Wallace interception. This is getting nutty and messy.
(I’m going to break from my poor analysis and YouTube videos to send my thoughts out to Marcus Lattimore. He seemingly got his knee destroyed on a hit and it does not sound good. God, what a very sad way to end a college career for a guy that was pretty awesome to watch on Saturdays. Hope for the best on that front.)
Ok ok OLE MISS BLOCKED A PUNT. I needed something to put me back in the mindset of this ball game. That was nice. There’s also a Dave Neal rant about “double numbers” said like a guy that has to call football players by names and not numbers.
Miss 14, Ark 10 I guess this is why football has four quarters. Ole Miss has owned this quarter on offense and otherwise.
That said, I’m going to be honest, I think I’m going to call it quits. That Lattimore situation doesn’t make me want to comment on football much right now, and I don’t think there’s too much people that will be upset if I don’t cover this. I apologize. I know I comically aborted blogs for blowouts, but this is more of a “I don’t know how to be funny right now” front. I apologize again. I hope there was some comedy adopted from today. I’ll put up something next week.