Thursday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Thursday morning …

Welcome to Thursday. More specifically, welcome to Dec. 12.

When the final regular season college football game has been played there’s the temptation to look at the bowl game as way off in the distance. Last year that applied to Ole Miss which didn’t kick off against Pitt until Jan. 5.

Things are different this year. The Music City Bowl is on Dec. 30, less than three full weeks from today. The Rebels begin bowl practice Friday, the 15th which will give them just one day more than two full weeks of on-field prep. Then you factor in a Christmas break.

One of the things that will benefit Ole Miss in getting ready for the triple option of Georgia Tech is extra time to prepare, but that time isn’t as much as it might seem on the surface.

From’s Mark McCarter, an interesting look at the Georgia Tech offense.

Most of the heavy lifting for Ole Miss will be done in Oxford. Teams aren’t officially welcomed to Nashville until a gathering aboard the General Jackson Showboat until the evening of Dec. 27.

Extra time to get read for that option offense is a benefit for the Rebels, but when all is said in done that extra time will equate to about the length of an open date.

In other news …

Johnny Manziel tells the Dallas Morning News he believes he’s ready for the NFL but hasn’t decided if he’ll enter the draft early and give up his final two years of college football. Most Manziel observers have considered him a lock to leave.

If in fact Manziel leaves early, Ole Miss in 2014 will return a quarterback beginning his third year as a starter while Texas A&M, LSU and Alabama will be transitioning at that position. Does that give you more confidence in the Ole Miss offense for next season?

Elsewhere …

Once a Rebel always a Rebel? Murphy Holloway thinks so. He’s the first guy — only guy — I ever heard refer to Ole Miss as “Hotty Toddy Land.” …

Still Elsewhere …

What did you miss on the Nick Saban-Texas front while you were sleeping? Not much. Also, if Alabama fans are nervous, whose fans should be almost as nervous? ESPN’s Chris Low thinks Alabama fans really don’t have anything to worry about. If that’s the case why doesn’t Saban just sign papers and be done with everything? More on that topic here.

One more thing …

I am a fan of small college football and had kind of taken for granted the fact that the D2 championship was played so close to me. I’d always thought, “I’ll get up there one day.” Well, it better be this year. …

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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