Generally, we are the "authors" of "content" around here - "here" being a blog and not a message board. Recognize, we do, that you've come here not to contribute, but to consume. Nevertheless, there is the sporadic occasion where, either for our benefit or for to exercise the thinkifiers of the masses, we ask you a question. Today's question is ...
Considering the lackluster performance of some BCS teams against
lesser opponents (Texas-Wyoming, Florida State-Jacksonville State), is
it important for the Rebels to beat SELA early, often, and with "slow,
white defensive backs"? Or would a slow start against the Lions be
insignificant in the grand scheme?
Though cause for some embarrassment, to be sure, the actual implications of a bump in the road against Southeastern Louisiana are debatable. But, for that matter, the euphoric feeling of really de-pantsing even the most common of patsies is underrated. Personally, I enjoyed every dang minute of our 2008 romp against UL-Monroe and am excited about our home opener, especially if it turns into glorified third-string practice.
But we should prepare ourselves for ... something else happening. Troy hung around Florida. FIU led Alabama. The same Florida State team that gave us an instant classic shoot-out with Miami on Monday, had to fight just as hard against the alma mater other school Ryan Perrilloux got kicked out of.
Maybe it's just all about wake up calls. And maybe we have already had ours. But if we sleepwalk through two or three quarters this time, the questions about our team will have even more fire behind them. On the other hand, when he was introduced as the Ole Miss Head Coach, Houston Nutt told a packed Ford Center a little something he'd learned about football.
"They remember in November." The corollary, of course, is that they forget September.