Friday, October 7, 2022

Vassallo: Ole Miss Has A Lot Left to Play For

Ole Miss Rebels huddles before the Memphis game, photo by Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics
Ole Miss Rebels huddles before the Memphis game, photo by Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

All right, Rebels, let’s stop feeling sorry for ourselves for just a moment, and take a step back.

We have the most exciting offense in the SEC this year, bar none, and a quarterback who is nothing short of sensational. Chad Kelly is this year’s team MVP hands down, with Laquon Treadwell a close second.

Looking at the remaining two games (with our high powered offense), these are both winnable, especially if we get any defensive play at all. Let’s place our Pollyanna hats on temporarily and project what a 9-3 Ole Miss team would look like to bowl committees:

Major wins: Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State (all bowl teams)

Tough Losses: At undefeated Florida and Memphis (at the time) and an OT loss to Arkansas (all three also headed to bowls)

Should the above assessment prove accurate, the Citrus Bowl would be most likely or the Outback as a backup (no pun intended). In either event, the season would end in the Sunshine State where it will open Labor Day 2016!

In the preseason, predicted a Hog win over Ole Miss while at the same time calling for Rebel victories over LSU and State. Should we be correct in all three assumptions, this year will end on a very high note with Rebels everywhere celebrating Christmas like never before.

I personally believe this team has it in themselves to do just that. And we are the only team this coming week to have an open date which could not be coming at a better time. The welcome mat is ready and waiting for LSU.

The only question remaining: are you ready, Ole Miss fans? I know Chad Kelly and company will be!

We owe it to this team to support them like never before. It’s in our DNA to do just that.

Steve Vassallo

Steve Vassallo is a 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 or call him at 985-852-7745.

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