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Vassallo: The Five Game Season Starts Now

Ole Miss - Memphis 2015. Photo by Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics
Ole Miss – Memphis 2015. Photo by Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

The trifecta of Laquon Treadwell, Laremy Tunsil and Robert Nkemdiche is undoubtedly the best trio of talented players in the NCAA.

No other team in the country can equal the talents of these three superstars. The time has arrived when these first round draft choices must assume the leadership role for this team. Similar to Peria Jerry, Eli Manning and Deuce McAllister in years past, this group has now reached their destiny in equaling those performances of yesteryear.

The SEC West is still up for grabs despite this team being soundly beaten by two undefeated teams on the road. Regardless of what Alabama does from this point forward, the Ole Miss Rebels control their own destiny.

The Texas A&M game this Saturday is the first must-win game in Hugh Freeze’s coaching tenure in Oxford. Losing is not an option. A loss, unthinkable as it may be, will erode the fan support faster than it took for Donald Trump to criticize the Democrats’ debate. Of the five remaining games, the A&M game could be the easiest of those left. Here’s why.

Auburn and Mississippi State are both away and the memory of Gainesville and Memphis are still a haunting, lingering concern. The Arkansas game, although here, is troublesome.

The Hogs are sporting a 2-4 worksheet despite close road losses to Texas A&M (seven points in OT) and 13 shy of Alabama’s 27 point tally. Their road win in Knoxville was most impressive and the blowout victory over the Rebs last year should have their confidence high.

LSU is always difficult regardless of the situation that both teams find themselves.

With Tunsil returning and hopefully a number of others from injury, this team can quickly right the ship. A team that defeated Alabama on the road earlier this year, and what could be the Tide’s only loss, is capable of defeating anyone.

Anything’s possible in Oxford. We’ve all been there before. Hotty Toddy my friends.


Steve Vassallo

Steve Vassallo is a HottyToddy.com contributor. Steve writes on Ole Miss athletics, Oxford business, politics and other subjects. He is an Ole Miss grad and former radio announcer for the basketball team. Currently, Steve is a highly successful leader in the real estate business who lives in Oxford with his wife Rosie. You can contact Steve at sovassallo@gmail.com or call him at 985-852-7745.

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