Friday Chat

Good morning and welcome to the Friday Chat.

I haven’t come across anyone who believes the Rebels will win at No. 1 Alabama Saturday. I would run into the occasional fan who was optimistic for the Rebels’ chances against Texas a couple of weeks back. Going into that game the scouting report on the Longhorns was that there were questions in the vertical passing game and that the defense would bend but not break.

Ultimately David Ash answered those vertical questions, enough to off-set 31 points scored by Ole Miss.

There is no such scouting report for Alabama. The buzz word on each side of the ball is efficiency.

The question for the Rebels isn’t about winning or losing but more about how many points can an improved Ole Miss offense score on a team that’s allowed just 21 points all year?

We had a little basketball news during the week. Seems that beyond DeMarco Cox (foot) that the Rebels are healthy heading into the Oct. 12 start of practice. Murphy Holloway sustained a severely sprained ankle during the summer but has been full speed for more than a week.

If there’s one guy the Rebels can’t afford to miss it’s Holloway.

It is Errand Friday, and I will be out and about, but I’ll be checking the blog through the morning. Leave your questions and comments below.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • I’ll be watching….and hoping the Rebs can keep it close. Good opportunity to see how much heart and grit these Rebels have. It’s gonna be tough.

  • I don’t know that it will be close, but I think it will be closer than Texas.

  • hfreb

    sorry for being late PA. been one of those days. one question i have pertains to our offensive tempo against a team like alabama. the opportunity with a fast tempo is to keep the defense on its heels and not allow them to substitute. the negative is that if you go 3 and out or even score quickly is that your defense doesn’t get to rest. we just don’t have the defensive depth to keep running our defense out there. against the upper echelon teams will freeze continue to push the tempo or think in terms of the clock being their friend?

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