For the second week in a row, the Ole Miss Rebels will be on the road playing an opponent at a neutral field. After beating the Boise State Broncos 35-13 last Thursday night, the Rebs will face the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville's LP Field (so it's a neutral field in name only - even though Ole Miss fans will still probably outnumber Vandy vans) this afternoon on ESPN.
After Vanderbilt's stunning loss last week to the Temple Owls, where the 'Dores turned the ball over seven times en route to a stunning 30-point blowout to a Temple program that had won just two games in the prior season, Ole Miss fans perked up with uncharacteristic optimism regarding the annual Rebels vs. Commodores contest. "Clearly, if Temple could score 37 on them," the argument goes, "we'll be able to roll 'em, easily."
And while we don't readily disagree with that argument, don't forget that Vanderbilt's still an SEC team and program. They're talented and looking to recover from last week's embarrassment. They'll play harder and smarter - do you honestly think they'll commit seven turnovers this week? - and give the Rebs some fits. As it has been over the past few years, this should be an exciting, if not nerve-wracking contest.
That, or we'll roll 'em, easily.