Monday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Monday morning …

Ole Miss players are hoping their late blitz and overtime win against Georgia will send them on a winning streak with six games left.

If the Rebels are focused, they should pick up wins this week at struggling South Carolina and at home against Auburn.

The Ole Miss frontcourt, which has struggled itself of late, did a good job against Auburn big man Rob Chubb at Auburn. It’s notable, however, that the Rebels appear to be playing a little less aggressive up front.

Anyway, numerically speaking the Rebels have a good chance to win their next four with a home game against Texas A&M and a road game against Mississippi State following South Carolina and Auburn.

Winning the next four assumes Ole Miss does not lay an egg against South Carolina and MSU, who are a combined 4-20 in the league right now, that it finds a way to get inside against physical guard play from Auburn and that it finds a way to keep Elston Turner under 30 when the Aggies visit Oxford.

Assuming is a dangerous game, but there’s a fair to middling chance that those four things happen.

If so, there’s a lot riding on the Alabama on March 5 in Oxford. Alabama’s defense has helped the Tide win low-scoring games. As a result Alabama (9-3) is presently a game ahead of Ole Miss (8-4) in the SEC standings and could likely be the Rebels’ primary competition for a third at-large bid from the SEC. …

A good read here from Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel. Manziel will be in Fort Worth tonight to accept the Johnny O’Brien Award. With no football being played right now and a little more free time, Manziel’s off-field recreational behavior has generated a lot of attention, and Manziel responds to it just the way he does with his play on the field … in an unconventional manner. …

On the recruiting front, this from Bleacher Report with a look at 12 freshmen who will make an impact on defense in the SEC next year, a Robert Nkemdiche mention in the 11th slide. Then this, from the Texas A&M perspective, mentions the Nkemdiche brothers as a tandem in the SEC. …


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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