Thursday, October 21, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
Big win in ‘Swamp’
After the defeat of the Crimson Tide by the Gamecocks, Alabama tumbled seven places to number eight and it was not speculated that they would move up many notches, if any, after their homecoming victory over the Ole Miss Rebel-Bears.
I know that the term might not be entirely correct but I am betting that some sports wags will be referring to Ole Miss by the “Rebels” tag until the newly-adopted mascot wears completely in. Personally, I am just relieved that the voters were resolute enough to reject the “Hotty Toddy” moniker. I can’t imagine writing that the “Ole Miss Hotty Toddys defeated the whomevers.”
Actually, I was dreading getting the score from the Ole Miss-Alabama match-up because I had already deemed it to be a total disaster. Now, the final score was not that bad (23-10), and I think Ole Miss acquitted itself quite well against a team which has the potential to annihilate an opponent on any given Saturday. Here is one admirer who still picks the Tide to win the West.
The domino principle reached the collegiate ranks once again and for the second straight week a number one was toppled. It is odd that these rank leading stalwarts have fallen to teams that were pretty far removed from the top. Alabama by 19th-ranked (at the time) South Carolina and the Buckeyes by 18th-ranked Wisconsin. Odd also were the margins of victory for those games. The Tide lost by 14 points and Ohio lost by 13.
This writer didn’t see the new line-up which was released sometime on Sunday, but the rumor was that the new leader would be another SEC team, the Auburn Tigers. Others thought the number six Sooners would carry the mantle. Oklahoma is still undefeated along with eight others, which include Boise State, LSU, Auburn and number two Oregon. LSU (#9) and Auburn (#7) will tangle next weekend and it won’t be pretty.
And while we are on this admiring kick, it would be remiss if we didn’t include the ’Dawgs of Miss State. Those ’Dawgs went hunting in the “Swamp” and treed a bunch of Gators.
They held on to the Gators’ tails and came away with the 10-7 win – a feat which they had not accomplished since 1965. Florida was ranked #22 and Miss. State was unranked. Miss. State is 5-2 overall. Their rise to the top in the West is probably not likely this season. Just take a look at the top three.
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