So fire the guy that put all the SEC games on at the same time!

With that out of the way, there is no joy in Mississippi this week.

Mississippi State played a great game for around 45 minutes. Then they turned to unadulterated shit. 28 points in the last quarter? For crying out loud LSU’s coaching staff wasn’t even TRYING to score the last half of the quarter. They were calling things like dives over and over and the MSU defense wouldn’t TACKLE the son-of-bitch. It was a PATHETIC display of giving up, and I blame the coaching staff for that. That’s 3 complete failures that I put on the coaching staff’s shoulders so far this year. This staff sucks.

Don’t know what happened in the Ole Miss or Southern Miss games. Southern must be even worse that I thought to have lost to FIU. WTH GUYS? As for Ole Miss, I know there were some turnovers, but I’ll have to have the Ole Miss faithful fill me in on what happened. Was Auburn just better than thought or Ole Miss weaker? Both?

Not sure what to expect going forward. MSU shows flashes of being an actual good team, but then just folds completely before the end of the game. Ole Miss should be in for a hard stretch in their schedule. Could be a long season.

The ‘enjoyment period’ of MS State football gets shorter every year.

So, as a MSU alum and fan, I watched the first game of the season and enjoyed the game for about a quarter. After that everything went to shit, and if it continues this way we can look forward to a 3-4 win season. After the first drive, which I understand is scripted by Coach Mullen and looked good, they go back to normal play calling. I haven’t seen play calling that bad since Rocky Felker[Mr. Up the middle, up the middle, up the middle, PUNT himself]. Speaking of “up the middle”, am I wrong, or did MSU call three DIVES in a row only to punt at one point in the game? WTF? This wasn’t just ‘conservative’ play calling, it was STUPID play calling, and if it’s what we can expect the rest of the season, then the season is already over. We can call it a season being proud of beating our powder-puff non-conference opponents, and rail against the sports gods about how unfair the sound thrashing we got from EVERY SINGLE SEC OPPONENT was.

You’ll notice I’m not berating the defense or special teams. That’s because those teams played well. Met expectations. The defense eventually broke it’s true, but that is what happens when your coaching staff is so BAD at their jobs that the offense keeps going 3 and out. If you are only giving the defense a 3-5 minute break they WILL tire out and the opponent WILL move the ball on you.

As for Ole Miss, they’ll be fine. They won a close one against Vandy (who will also do well). Neither team gave up, and while mistakes were made the team is young and will learn and improve. High marks for Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews. He got hit so hard in the gut that it made him lose his lunch, but he STILL came back to help his team. I’m sure that last turnover weighs heavy on him but it was a great effort and there was no blame to be put on him for that loss.

 

MSU/UM football predictions for 2012

Or the post in which I embarrass myself. I’m putting my predictions for the year up as I have in the past.

As per usual, I will not go back and see how badly I’ve predicted in the past. I’m about looking forward to the upcoming football season, not backwards to the past of my horribly, horribly, inaccurate and ill conceived predictions.

This year I’m cheating a bit by giving a best/worst and actual prediction instead of just a simple prediction. So here it is:

MS State:
Best Worst Predicted
Jackson St. W W W
Auburn W L W
@Troy W W W
South Alabama W W W
@Kentucky W L W
Tennessee W L W
Middle Tenn. State [HC] W W W
@Alabama L L L
Texas A&M W L W
@LSU L L L
Arkansas W L L
@Ole Miss W L W
10-2 4-8 9-3

It could be a very interesting year for State fans. If everything goes wrong it could be a horrible 4-8 season with them even losing to UM, but I’m predicting it’s going to be more positive than negative in Starkville this year. I’m thinking the Auburn game is going to be very predictive of the year. If State can get past Auburn then a 7-0 start is very possible. The Auburn-State game has been very competitive the last few years, with State getting the short end of the stick. I’m hoping they find a way to win this year and end up with an awesome season. I think Auburn, Kentucky, Tenn, A&M, and Arkansas are all beatable by State this year, but doubt all of them WILL be beaten this year.

Ole Miss:
Best Worst Predicted
Central Arkansas W W W
UTEP W W W
Texas W L L
@Tulane W W W
@Alabama L L L
Texas A&M W L L
Auburn [HC] L L L
@Arkansas L L L
@Georgia L L L
Vanderbilt W L W
@LSU L L L
MS State W L L
7-5 3-9 4-8

Worst case, I see Ole Miss only doing 1 game better than last year. In the best case, I can see Ole Miss getting to 7 wins, but I don’t think this is a ‘best case’ kind of year for Ole Miss. I’m thinking they’ll double their wins from last year and get to 4, but in my opinion, it’s going to be a very long and unrewarding year for the Ole Miss faithful.