Thursday, October 9, 2014
Behind The Scoreboard
Super Saturday indeed
If you are fans of the old movie genre in the days of Cecil B. de Mille productions, chances are you saw splashed across the big screen “And a cast of thousands!” That could surely have been used to describe NCAA football in Mississippi over the weekend.
We had four SEC foes (and now contenders), all ranked and all from the SEC West – all vying on the very same weekend.
I don’t believe any SEC watcher envisioned the magnitude and scope of the repercussions of such resultant fallout from two games in Division I. History was made in grand fashion when the Bullies from State matched the Rebels of Ole Miss with identical rankings at precisely the same time. After the final tabulations were made sometime on Sunday, both Mississippi teams were number three, in the nation, period.
Alabama was ranked two and three (and even number one in the Coaches Poll), leading up to the match with the Rebels. Don’t worry, folks, I am not withdrawing my support of the Tide as the football power in D-I. I am merely paying homage to the alma mater.
The hype began earlier in the week in The Grove at Oxford when thousands began gathering to collect the spirit which would translate to the ultimate victory and achievement for Ole Miss. One can certainly not overlook the contributions of Bo Wallace, the Rebels’ signal caller, but part of his “cast of thousands” came from his defense.
That department made some of the solidifying plays that kept shattering the Tide’s hopes. For yours truly it is always heartbreaking watching the countenance of Nick Saban in defeat.
I don’t want to be accused of whipping a dead horse here or heaping on more accolades than is right and prudent, and Mississippi State certainly deserves its due for going 5-0 for the first time since 1962. The Bullies join seven others who are also undefeated thus far.
The Top 25 Poll was solid in its selection of a tie at number three (for Ole Miss and Mississippi State) and consistent with USA Today by dropping Alabama to number seven. Both have seven SEC teams in the top ranks.
With the kind of games produced on Saturday, some fallout can be expected and there are rumors that fans at both Ole Miss and Kentucky drew penalizing fines for rushing the field after the games’ immediate conclusions. I saw at least one goal post being attacked at the Oxford campus.
True, we have a lot of SEC football yet on the horizon, but if the trend continues, we are going to have one heck of an “Egg Bowl” on November 29.
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