Every Friday morning John Pitts, our sports editor at the Journal, and I visit on Rebel Sports Radio and discuss SEC and national topics.
He posed an interesting question this morning. Are you still clinging to your SEC beliefs from August, or have you reevaluated the league?
Is LSU as good as you thought it would be? Is Alabama?
Is the Eastern Division better than you thought? It now includes three top 10 teams. Is the East making a comeback, while the West slides a bit? We’ll know more about that this week after LSU — which has been sluggish the last two weeks in wins over Auburn and Towson State — plays at Florida.
What about Ole Miss? Much gloom and doom was predicted for the Rebels. I thought they could be 3-2 at this point, but I thought the three wins would be more of a struggle. The first half of the Central Arkansas game had me thinking I would be correct. They were better than I thought they’d be in the wins, but now they arrive at a crucial stretch of play with uncertainty at quarterback as Hugh Freeze tries to fix the turnovers.
Back in August I wrote that Ole Miss should focus on winning the three non-conference games that on paper it should win, then break the SEC losing streak. It needed to be competitive in its other SEC games. Four wins and being competitive in the rest would allow Freeze to carry his message of improvement into the off-season, then into Year 2 where more wins would be expected.
Now there are bowl-game projections out there for an Ole Miss team which at this point still has to break an SEC losing streak that has reached 15 games.
I don’t think the Texas A&M game is make-or-break for those bowl plans, but the Auburn game at home next week might be.
So the question of the day, or questions as it turns out.
How do you assess the SEC at this point, and how do you assess the Rebels?