Good morning and welcome to the Friday chat.
I spent most of Thursday checking on home folks and was pleased to find Maw Maw B and Paw Paw Johnny alive, kicking and doing well.
I will head down to New Orleans about mid-day today before the Baton Rouge traffic kicks in and slows things to a crawl.
I’m thinking the Tulane game falls at a good spot on the Ole Miss schedule. Stranger things have happened, but I believe the Rebels will come out of the game 3-1.
Tulane is expected to start freshman Devin Powell at quarterback, which would make him the first true freshman quarterback to start for Tulane since Shaun King in 1995.
Tulane will be a step down from the Texas speed and talent that Ole Miss saw last week, and it should be a good thing for the rebuilding Rebels to face the Green Wave while they make mass changes in the secondary. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze announced earlier in the week that Charles Sawyer would move to corner. I suspect he and Wesley Pendleton will make up the starters.
Freeze committed to freshman Trae Elston starting at safety. He never announced that DE Channing Ward would start, but I think you’ll see that as well, and it’s time. Ward looked good against Texas, finishing with three tackles and a half TFL and just generally being around the ball. He’s tough to block. He looked good chasing the Olympian down the field too. He wasn’t going to catch Marquise Goodwin, but he wasn’t that far behind, and Goodwin didn’t widen the gap until the end.
So are you confident the Rebels distance themselves from the 66-31 loss to Texas this week? Do you think they defeat Tulane convincingly, just slide by or that Tulane rides a wave of emotion as it pays tribute to injured teammate Devon Walker and pulls the upset? Leave your logic below.
I will be back on the blog later this morning before I get on the road.