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Saturday, 19 November 2011 13:28
Ole Miss Won't Rebel Against LSU Tigers
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lsu_tigersAbout the only thing Ole Miss (2-8, 0-6 SEC) has going for it is history.

Last season LSU (10-0, 6-0) had to score a last-minute touchdown to get away with a 43-36 victory.  Before that win, the Tigers had lost their previous two games to the Rebels, once LSU's most heated rival.

Ole Miss lame duck coach Houston Nutt is 6-7 over-all against LSU and has won three of his last four games against the Tigers.

"This is a great opportunity to take our team on the road and have an opportunity to play well in an opponent's stadium," said Tigers coach Les Miles. "I guess there will be a very strong contingent of Tigers fans at the game."

The kickoff is at 6 p.m. on Saturday and the game will be telecast by ESPN. ESPN analyst Bob Davie was scheduled to call the game, but the former Notre Dame and Tulane defensive coordinator accepted the New Mexico head coaching job and will miss the game.

The Rebels were humiliated by Louisiana Tech 27-7 at home last week and don't have even a remote chance of  bouncing back against Louisiana State and its NFL-like defense.

The Rebels have lost their last 13 SEC games and they were forced to suspend quarterback Randall Mackey and running back Jeff Scott for the game for violating team rules. With Mackey and Scott, the Ole Miss offense ranked 113th in nation in total offense and 109th in scoring offense.

The Tigers went through the motions for the  first half against Western Kentucky last week so they owe one to Miles as they tune up for next Friday's SEC showdown with Arkansas.

Miles hasn't announced his starting quarterback yet, but Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson both will play.

Prediction: Take the Tigers and lay the 29 points. Final: LSU 42-6.

Other NCAA picks: Kentucky +30 1/2 over Georgia; Michigan -3 1/2 over Notre Dame; Penn State +7 over Ohio State; Arkansas -13 over Mississippi State; Boise State -16 over San Diego State; Rice -13 1/2 over Tulane; and Harvard  (no spread) over Yale. Last week: 5-5.

I'm bowl eligible, but fans are getting restless because of my recent mediocrity. I went 5-5 last week and that isn't acceptable around here, but I'll get stronger in the final weeks.

Oddsmakers have made LSU a one-point favorite over Alabama and Oregon if the play in the BCS Championship Game. The Tigers will be favored over Oklahoma or Oklahoma State by two...Call Tim Tebow's quarterback play whatever you want, but it was good enough to beat the Jets on Thursday night. Tebow moved his Broncos to 5-5 for the season and in the mix in the AFC West. Let the discussions begin...NBA owners and players, who seem to be inviting a losing battle with their threats/plans,  together might be astonished to know how easily life would go on without an NBA season. It would be the first thing they agreed on. And interest in the league was at a high last season with LeBron's "Decision" and the Big 3 in Miami...Thought for the day: Hw do u kp a tetr in suspense? I'll let u 18r...


SOME hither, others yon: LSU-Ole Miss Most Memorable Game: Oct. 31, 1959: LSU 7, Ole Miss 3. Before the LSU-Alabama game two weeks ago, No. 1 LSU vs. No. 3 Ole Miss was another game of the century. Billy Cannon's 89-yard punt return is simply and undeniable the most famous play in Tigers football records.  In fact, some consider it one of the most memorable in college football history.  It was a misty, eerie Halloween night, and the Rebels of Ole Miss took a 3-0 lead into the final quarter.  Ole Miss quarterback Jake Gibbs punted 47 yards to the LSU 11 where Cannon hauled it in and then careened off seven  tacklers and darted 89 yards to immortality.

Oddsmakers at Bodog think that there likely will be an NBA season., but not until  we're past the New Year's Day college  bowl games.. Although they think  it's nearly even the full season is lost. Here are two prop bets:
Will NBA cancel the entire 2011-12 regular season?

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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