After a long offseason marked by worrying, rampant speculation, anxious questioning and excited theorizing, the 2014 Ole Miss Rebel football season is all but here. In one week, the Rebels will kick off against the Boise State Broncos in Atlanta, Georgia, in a contest that is slated to be nationally broadcast on ESPN. As per your probable expectations we want to provide you all with coverage that is consistently smart and fun for this game and for the rest of the Rebels' season. We want to do our part in keeping the site lively, fresh, and entertaining, while continuing to cultivate what we feel is a pretty good community of Rebel fans here on our little corner of the internet. To this end, we've put some thought into how we plan to cover games this year, and it will largely mirror what we've done in the past with a few new buttons and whistles added on.
The details of what we plan to do with each story or feature won't be revealed until we actually post them, but it is safe to assume that veteran readers of the Cup will know what to expect. It's also important to point out that the first week will be a bit off schedule, as the coverage for our kickoff game will be truncated due to its Thursday night date. Yes, that means that your HATE WEEK will be truncated as well. I'm not going to go all "well, it's a special occasion" on y'all for Boise State.
Here's what we hope a typical week of coverage during football season will look like:
Monday - HATE WEEK
SEC Power Poll ballot
A recap of the previous game's three most important plays
Tuesday - Tuesday Question
Rebels in the NFL
Wednesday - Around SB Nation, or "What are they Saying About us?"
Wednesday A, a follow-up to Tuesday Q
Thursday - Red Cup Radio
Blogger Q and A
Friday - #RCRMailbag
Comprehensive Ole Miss football game preview
Saturday - Open thread
- Sunday - Post-game analysis and reflection, brought to you by the lot of us. This will be more of a "what really happened, and how does it make us feel" kind of post, as opposed to a more traditional recap.
And so it goes. If there's anything you'd like to suggest as far as football coverage goes, feel free to reach out to us via email, or you can just ramble on about it in the comments thread below.
- The SEC on SB Nation thinks we've got the third best secondary in the Southeastern Conference.
- Ole Miss has four contests in Athlon's top-20 "must-see" SEC games, with our game against Auburn coming in at No. 6.
- Ole Miss Soccer vs. Georgia tomorrow night will be the SEC network's first ever live televised sporting event. Get excited, y'all.
- Boise State believes that their new coaching staff will give them an advantage this week as we prepare for our kickoff game in Atlanta. And that's probably true; it's tough to anticipate playcalling from people who have never been playcallers themselves.
And a Video:
Here's Hugh Freeze taking the ice bucket challenge. Surely you haven't seen enough of these yet.