Friday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Friday morning …

I don’t often leave town during an open date, but I have this weekend. I am traveling this morning for a college reunion and will see the Indian-Warhawks play a home football game Saturday night for the first time since 1995 and only the second time since graduation.

Many of the Rebels are out of town, too, I suspect. Bo Wallace was talking about being in Nashville this weekend. It’s a last opportunity to recharge for what will be a difficult final two games.

In other news …

Since Auburn’s loss to Texas A&M attention has turned to the Tigers’ defense, and the question is asked, “Can Gus Malzahn win a national title at Auburn with Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator?” Remember, it took 35 points for Auburn to win at Ole Miss, and that almost wasn’t enough. …

Speaking of those Aggies, I can’t imagine there was drama in this decision, but freshman Kyle Allen is the starting quarterback moving forward. Allen, at least, is the hot quarterback right now. He had a rather pedestrian debut , at home no less, against the alma mater, Louisiana-Monroe.

Just for the sake of clarity, La.-Monroe was once known as Northeast Louisiana. …

Struggles aside, Florida coach Will Muschamp has respect for the South Carolina offense.┬áThis game has odd written all over it. Some have speculated that Muschamp is not necessarily done in Gainesville. If Florida wins one more game it’s bowl eligible. If it wins two more — and Eastern Kentucky follows South Carolina on the schedule — it secures at least a 7-4 finish since its opener against Idaho was weathered out. That’s really doable. Who among us believes the Gamecocks can’t be beaten? Not I. Whether seven wins at Florida is a job-saver remains to be seen. If it’s not, there’s been speculation as far back as two months that Muschamp could be headed to South Carolina as defensive coordinator. …

If you’re trying to find the Rebels’ path to the SEC championship game another loss for Auburn is helpful. That could happen this week at Georgia especially if this guy has the type of game he was having before he left. It’s possible. (See Auburn defense above.) Then Ole Miss fans have to pull hard for Auburn to win at Alabama. The Rebels, of course, have to take care of business themselves as well. …

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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