Ole Miss week! I remember it as a student and the memories, although hazy, are that of absolute hatred for this opponent.
Ole Miss has become a royal PITA recently with their minor success that, according to them, renders them elite. They are almost out of purchased players, but they are still quite formidable. Strong front 7 and...OK, I'll admit...elite QB and receivers. One I almost have to root for, as I know and respect his father. I'm talking about Markel Pack...son of former Purvis, MS Police Officer and US Army veteran Robert Pack. But aside from him, GTHOM!!!
I'm currently working in Jacksonville, FL for this hurricane, and one of the managers here is a huge Ole Miss fan. I've been wearing my LSU/Geaux Tigers lanyard since my arrival knowing he was here and this game was coming up. He finally took the bait and mouthed off last Saturday....morning. He said LSU was terrible and coachless, and OM had already faced the meat of their schedule. He said they weren't going to lose another game and LSU would lose out post USM...maybe even lose to USM. Well................
I said nothing in response except I believe LSU will surprise some folks along the way. And of course stuck in a little jab about Arkansas sometimes getting lucky with a 4th and 25 or something. Of course Monday morning came and he was quiet, so I asked how the game went. I mean, we're extremely busy here and I probably didn't get a chance to check scores or highlights.
So here we are....time for LSU vs Ole Miss. Cool October Saturday Night in Death Valley, the echo of Cannon blasts still faintly in the background. The more modern version of Cannon is back and ready to share a few blasts of his own, and just in time for Ole Miss week. Coach O has this team excited and at the very least playing inspired ball. It's the beginning of a 5 week gauntlet where the Tigers will face nothing but ranked teams.
Sounds like it is time to............