Ole Miss pounced on my Bulldogs like white on rice. They scored on offense and defense, and soon had a 28–3 lead. The rest of the game wasn’t important. MSU lost it early, and never had a chance. The Golden Egg will remain in Oxford for another year, and it’s something that we’ll just have to live with, but we darn sure don’t have to like it.
Ole Miss lived up to its MSRP, and really took it to my Dogs. Their 5 Star recruits played like 5 Stars, especially their defensive tackle, No. 5 whose name is unpronounceable. Strange name or not, he should go high in the NFL draft, along with Treadwell, Tunsil, and Engram, their great tight end. These guys played well, but the difference in the game was Chad Kelly.
The Bullies couldn’t contain Kelly, and his running ability converted 3rd and long on several key occasions. In addition to his running, he is a pin-point passer with great receivers. Everything worked for the Rebels, but not much for State. Ole Miss finished the regular season 9–3, and second in the SEC West. They’ll probably play post season in the Sugar Bowl. Not the finish that I had predicted, but pretty darn good.
I was pleased with two aspects of Mississippi State’s game. First, they never quit. They shook off the first quarter and played on a par with Ole Miss for the rest of the game. I’m sure Dak Prescott was disappointed, but he’s still the best football player that ever suited up at MSU, and we all wish him well. Everyone says he’s not a NFL quarterback, but they said the same thing about Cam Newton, and Carolina is undefeated with Cam under center.
There were other key games this weekend and the post season play offs are shaping up. Alabama took care of business in the Iron Bowl, and if they can beat Florida in the SEC Championship game, they should make it. Stanford ended Notre Dame’s chances, and Baylor and Oklahoma State were eliminated.
If Iowa can defeat Michigan State in The Big Ten championship game, they deserve to be in the final four, as does Oklahoma. Clemson beat South Carolina to remain undefeated, but must face a tough North Carolina in the ACC championship game. If they whip the Tarheels, the final four should be:
Things could change pending the conference playoff games. If Florida beats Alabama, Michigan State beats Iowa, and North Carolina takes Clemson down, then it opens the door for Ohio State, Michigan State and North Carolina. I believe that when the dust settles, we’ll have the best team in the NCAA as National Champions. The playoffs make that possible.