Thursday, November 15, 2007

White Shirts...Yellow....

You know the rest. It is time for the annual meeting between Ole Miss and LSU, a rivalry that was once one of the most hatred rivalries in all of football. The rivalry has cooled off a little over the last decade, but there is still alot of hatred between the two teams and their fans. The gross, inappropriate, ridiculous, inbred LSU fans are rolling into town as I type this and there will be lots of them in Oxford.

LSU comes into the game the number one team in the nation. The Tigers have lost one game this year in overtime to Kentucky. They have had several close games this year and have squeaked them out. They are a very talented team that are deep with depth. It will be the toughest matchup the Rebels have faced all year.

We all know Coach O and his team. O loves the Ole Miss LSU rivalry and knows what this game means to the fans. He grew up in Louisiana and this is a very big game for him. His team gets up for big games and the most fired up I have ever seen an Ole Miss team was at Tiger Stadium last year. The sight of Coach O with the team in the LSU tunnel was something I will never forget.

As far as this game goes, I think it will be another emotional high for the Rebels. They will probably hang in the game for two quarters before the Tigers run away with it. The stadium will be rocking and will be a very good atmosphere as the game is a sellout. All in all expect a close game for about a half and then the Tigers march on to the SEC Championship and on to the National Championship game.

SERIES INFO: This game will be the 96th all-time between the Ole Miss Rebels and LSU Tigers dating back to 1894. LSU is Ole Miss’ second-most played opponent besides Mississippi State, whom the Rebels will play for the 104th time on November 23. LSU holds a 54-37-4 advantage in the series. The Tigers have won five straight overall and three in a row at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. LSU holds a 7-4-1 edge in Oxford and prevailed 40-7 in 2005. Ole Miss’ last victory in the series was a 35-24 triumph in Baton Rouge in 2001 and the last win at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium was a 37-31 overtime finish in 1998.

LSU SCOUTING REPORT: LSU has clinched a spot as the Western Division champion in the SEC Championship game. The Tigers have five wins over teams ranked in the top 18 and knocked off Louisiana Tech 58-10 Saturday on homecoming. LSU leads the SEC in total offense and is second in rushing at 220.2 yards per game. Senior RB Jacob Hester leads the way with 706 yards and eight TDs. Senior QB Matt Flynn has completed 144-of-260 passes for 1,856 yards with 14 TDs and 10 interceptions. Sophomore WR Brandon LaFell boasts 39 receptions for 535 yards and two scores, while senior Early Doucet and junior Demetrius Byrd have each hauled in four TDs passes. LSU continues to have one of the nation's best all-around defenses as the Tigers are ranked in the top 10 nationally in five categories this week - total defense (236.8 ypg), pass efficiency defense (92.6 rating), rushing defense (66.0 ypg), pass defense (170.8 ypg) and in scoring defense (16.7 ppg). Senior SS Craig Steltz tops the squad with 68 total tackles and four interceptions, and sophomore LB Ali Highsmith has collected 60 stops with six QB hurries. On the line, senior ends Kirston Pittman and Glenn Dorsey have each notched 11.5 TFLs and six sacks. Junior K Colt David is the SEC’s second-leading scorer with 111 points, connecting on 19-of-25 FGs and all 48 PATs.