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Vassallo: Ole Miss Football Fans – the Best Is Yet to Come!

Photo: John Bowen
Photo: John Bowen

What happened Friday night in New Orleans should serve as a declaration to college football: Ole Miss is definitely back!

With a top ten final ranking almost assured (the Rebs are currently sixth in Sagarin) and a top five recruiting class lingering (the Rebs are currently fifth with 247sports.com), the best days for Rebel football are still in the future.

The 48 points posted by Kelly, Treadwell & Co. were the most ever scored by an Ole Miss bowl team (Ole Miss scored 47 in the 2009 Cotton Bowl). Looking ahead to the September 5, Labor Day battle with Florida State, here’s our preseason SEC rankings based on objectivity (SEC Network need take notice):

  • 1. Ole Miss
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Tennessee
  • 4. LSU
  • 5. Florida
  • 6. Georgia
  • 7. Arkansas
  • 8. Auburn
  • 9. Texas A&M
  • 10. Mississippi State
  • 11. Kentucky
  • 12. South Carolina
  • 13. Missouri
  • 14. Vanderbilt

 

A new day has dawned within the SEC power status. Ole Miss is now a firmly established power broker. Those teams that discount the Rebels are making a huge mistake!

Here’s the current Sagarin ratings for SEC teams inclusive of Florida State:

  • Alabama: 1
  • Ole Miss: 6
  • Tennessee: 10
  • Florida State: 11
  • Arkansas: 15
  • Mississippi State: 17
  • Georgia: 22
  • Florida: 28
  • Auburn: 29
  • Texas A&M: 33
  • Missouri: 62
  • South Carolina: 66
  • Kentucky: 81
  • and Vanderbilt: 82

 

The current recruiting rankings per 247sports.com for SEC teams inclusive of Florida State are as follows:

  • LSU: 1
  • Florida State: 3
  • Ole Miss: 5
  • Alabama: 7
  • Auburn: 9
  • Florida: 12
  • Georgia: 14
  • Texas A&M: 16
  • Tennessee: 21
  • Kentucky: 24
  • Arkansas: 26
  • South Carolina: 32
  • Mississippi State: 37
  • Vanderbilt: 51
  • and Missouri: 57

Note: Ohio State is second, Michigan is fourth.
 

In conclusion, Ole Miss should be favorite in every game this coming season with the one exception being LSU. And the only reason for this one not following suit is the fact the game is in Baton Rouge following a tough outing in Fayetteville.

I can see the Rebs going 11-1, winning the SEC West with little stretch of the imagination. A new day has dawned as Hugh Freeze “has made Ole Miss great again”, borrowing a phrase from someone else on the rise!


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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