If you’re not in Oxford for this one, you are missing out on some history first and foremost with Eli Manning Day, but also there’s going to be one hell of a party and football game too.
Last season, the Rebels were achingly close to a win against the Tigers in Baton Rouge, but this year should be different. Matt Corral is back, and LSU has a stack of injuries to contend with plus there’s a sell out crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
We all know the history with LSU coach Ed Orgeron - he’s on his way out at LSU after winning a national championship then derailing the program. He had his first college head coaching job at Ole Miss more than 15 years ago, coincidentally when I was a student there, so I got to enjoy all 10 wins he compiled at the helm. Yikes.
Additionally, Orgeron tried to hire current Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin as an offensive coordinator at LSU only to be turned down, according to news reports. Kiffin had previously had Orgeron on his staffs at Tennessee and USC.
Last week, Ole Miss went into a hostile atmosphere in Knoxville and survived with a win, though it banged up a few players who are vital to its success. Kiffin has not clearly stated who will be in or out, but I’d expect Corral to lead the team onto the field and be ready to play. I’m hopeful Braylon Sanders and Dontario Drummond are close to 100 percent and can make a difference.
LSU meanwhile seems to be weirdly coming together in the wake of the Orgeron separation from the school. Or maybe it’s just a one time fluke that they up and beat Florida, because that’s the Dan Mullen experience.
We’re hours away from kickoff. I’m up early smoking sausage and frying corn dogs. There’s only one week that happens every two years - Ole Miss vs. LSU. Cheers!
Line: Ole Miss -9
How to watch
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Miss.
When: 2:30pm CDT
Online streaming: CBSSports.com