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Behind Quarterback Dak Prescott, Mississippi State Rallies To Win In Overtime

postgame-links-150x1501Mississippi State 17 – Ole Miss 10 (OT). Video Highlights

1. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen told his wife Thursday morning Dak Prescott wouldn’t play.  The quarterback scored the game-winning touchdown.

2. Mullen: ”The second I put him on the field I felt like we were going to win the game.”

3. Bulldogs get all-important sixth victory of the season – pre-sale of bowl tickets starts today.

4. Tough night for Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace - three first-half interceptions and a game-ending fumble.

5. “You can’t blame the Ole Miss run defense for the 17-10 Egg Bowl loss. It did its part.”

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Auburn’s Mason Is “Pretty Confident” The Tigers Can Run On Alabama

tre-mason-salutesShut up.

Just shut up.

Why do college football players insist on talking about their confidence and their abilities.  Just say, “It’s going to be tough and we’re practicing hard,” when asked if you can score/pass/run on an opponent.  Then praise the opponent, whether you really mean it or not.  Especially when that foe is a certain #1 team that’s been shutting people’s mouths all year.

Yesterday, Auburn running back Tre Mason was asked if he felt confident that the Tigers could run on Alabama.  His response:


“I’m pretty confident.  We’ve been running it all year.”


He then showed his excitement that his father would be in attendance for the Iron Bowl (the first game he’s been able to attend this year), by saying: “I’m gonna put on a show for him.”

Yeah, well, we’ll see.  Mason’s chances of running the ball and putting on a show were probably greater before he decided to tell us all what he really thinks.

Back on November 11th, after Bama had topped LSU, we wrote the following in our Weekend Wrap piece:


“… here’s a tip for teams going up against the Tide — zip your lips.  Earlier this season Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said his team could ‘put points on them… I think we can put points on anybody.’  Final score: Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0.  Three weeks ago Tennessee referred to Alabama as ‘the red team’ in practice.  AJ McCarron said his team took that as an insult.  Final score: Alabama 45, Tennessee 10.  Last week LSU receiver Jarvis Landry said of Bama: ‘Nobody is invincible.  No team is invincible and no defense is invincible.’  Final score: Alabama 38, LSU 21.  The lesson is clear — shut up.”


Alabama shouldn’t need any added motivation for the Iron Bowl, of course.  But why take chances.  Why these coaches don’t put their players through a “Say Nothing” course is a mystery.  Call in Lou Holtz to teach “Hyping Your Foe 101″ and Bill Belichick to instruct players in the Art of the Mumble.  Anything to get players to stop popping off about how confident they are.

Especially the week of their game against Alabama, a team thisclose to a BCS threepeat.


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Ole Miss QB Wallace Talked, Alabama Simply Played

gfx - honest opinionWhenever we at take a coach or player to task for flapping his gums or behaving obnoxiously, it’s inevitable that we’ll receive a few angry emails from fans of said coach or player.  “You just can’t stand anyone showing a little swagger.”

Well, yeah, that’s part of it.  Why not just do your job and let the scoreboard do the talking?  The other part of our disdain for chirp-itis is this: What’s it accomplish?

Last week we pointed out that Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace had needlessly popped off about Alabama’s here-one-week, gone-the-next defense.  Heading into a big game at Tuscaloosa, the leader of a then-undefeated Rebel teams said:


“Yeah, I think we can put points on them.  I think we can put points on anybody.  We just have to show up and play.  It’s the same thing every week, let’s stay on schedule, control the tempo and don’t have any turnovers…

I wouldn’t say (Alabama’s secondary has had) a drop off, but when you have first-round corners every year, I don’t know if they are exactly first-round corners.  But if you have a guy going in the top 10, you’re going to have a little bit of a drop off the next year.”


So much for putting points on them.  The top-ranked Crimson Tide made Bo into a bozo by shutting his team out and his mouth up.  The Rebs managed just 205 yards of total offense.  They recorded just 11 first downs all game.  They turned the ball over twice.

Specifically, Wallace completed 17-of-31 passes for 159 yards.  His yards-per-attempt average was a miniscule 5.1 yards per pass.  His passer rating was a laughable 15.2.  Yes, 15.2.

As a runner he tallied five yards on 12 carries for a 0.4 yards-per-rush average.

In the end, what did Wallace’s comments do to help his team?  How did his “swagger” aid the Rebel cause?  On a larger scale, what team has ever won a game because one of its players talked up his own team and talked down the opponent?

The only thing chatting can do is hurt a team’s chances of winning.  Just ask Wallace about Saturday’s 25-0 loss or Alabama’s corners today.

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UM’s Freeze Calls Out QB Wallace For Reads

gfx - they said itThe man who made the Ole Miss offense go — and go quickly — last season was quarterback Bo Wallace.  Unfortunately, all that go-ing also led to turnovers.

According to head coach Hugh Freeze, Wallace has picked up where he left off last year… making poor reads and poor decisions and turning the ball over.  Freeze is not what you’d call pleased:


“We’re not good enough and deep enough to turn it over and expect to win.  We have to find an answer to it, one way or another…

I’m sure hoping at some point we can mature and just because you go through your progression, when you get to that third one it doesn’t mean that you have to throw it to that third one if they’re covered.  That’s what happened a couple of times (yesterday).”


Wallace ranked fifth in the SEC in total offense last season accounting for 260 yards per game.  He rushed for 390 yards on the season and passed for 2,994.  That’s the good part.

The bad part is that he tossed a league-leading 17 interceptions last year.

At the dawn of a new season, it sounds like Freeze is already running out of patience with his starting quarterback.

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SEC Headlines 8/3/2013

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1. Five SEC quarterbacks make the Manning Award watch list.  Johnny Manziel could become the first-ever repeat winner. AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, Connor Shaw and Bo Wallace also make the list.

2. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel’s message to quarterback James Franklin after being named captain: “This has nothing to do with you keeping your job, OK? There’s no bonus because you’re a captain.”

3. There’s a buzz around South Carolina football. Day 1 crowd bigger than last year. Tempers flare and punches thrown the first night.

4. Steve Spurrier on trash talk: “As long as it doesn’t get out of hand I don’t have too much trouble with it. The problem is when you have a loud mouth guy that doesn’t play worth a crap.”

5. Florida coach Will Muschamp on running back Matt Jones viral infection: ”We’re in a little bit of uncharted waters here…”

6. Don’t expect Florida’s placekicker to be named anytime soon.

7. Nothing escapes the attention of Vanderbilt coach James Franklin – not even a loose doorknob.

8. As LSU opens camp today, the Tigers are thin at running back with the suspension of Jeremy Hill.

9. Wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan on what’s realistic at Ole Miss this year. “Win 11 games.”

10. Five starters at Ole Miss, including quarterback Bo Wallace, limited in practice by injuries. Wallace limited to 50 throws.

11. It’s been 10 months since Georgia wide receiver Michael Bennett underwent reconstructive knee surgery.  ”It feels exactly like I used to be, if not better.”

12. Sign of the times.  Georgia distributes its playbook to team members- on iPads.

13. How’s the running back battle shaping up at Tennessee? “Honestly, it’s wide open.”

14. Tennessee coach Butch Jones on the team’s two freshmen quarterbacks.  They “looked like freshmen.”

15. Of the four quarterbacks competing for a starting job at Auburn, Nick Marshall may have the strongest arm.  Gus Malzahn: “He has very good arm strength, there’s no doubt.”

16. Minor injury sidelines Auburn safety Demetruce McNeal.

17. A suspension and a health issue led to some last-minute tinkering on the Alabama roster.

18. How do Alabama’s freshmen look? “This is the No. 1 signing class in the nation in 2013, and it shows.”

19. Preston Smith and Denico Autry are the two standouts on the Mississippi State defensive line.

20. Practice begins Monday at Kentucky with a big focus on the quarterback position.

21. Linebackers will be in focus at Arkansas as the Razorbacks open camp Monday.

22. Who can replace the impact of Damontre Moore at Texas A&M?


23. Time for an early signing period in college football?

24. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott wants to change college basketball’s one-and-done rule.

25. How much has the Jerry Sandusky scandal cost Penn State? The tab is nearing $48 million.

26. Dick Kazmaier dies at the age of 82.  He won the Heisman Trophy at Princeton in 1951 – last Ivy League player to do so. (Tennessee’s Hank Lauricella finished second and Kentucky’s Babe Parilli finished third in the Heisman voting that year.)

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27. Alabama and Auburn among the teams heading overseas in August.


28. Is Tim Tebow asking Tom  Brady too many questions?

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UM’s Freeze Tries To Be Nice, VU’s Franklin Says There’s No Need To Be

Somehow this isn’t surprising given the public personas of Hugh Freeze and James Franklin.  One reached out to the other this week in an effort to be an over-the-top nice guy.  The other responded coolly, like a boxer before at a pre-bought weigh-in.

Ole Miss’ Freeze made the unusual-for-everybody-else gesture of calling Vandy’s Franklin earlier this week to make sure the Commodores’ coach had everything he needed for his first trip to Oxford this weekend.  For any Commodore fans wondering if Freeze was trying some sort of reverse-jinx, mind trick on their coach… he wasn’t.  He says he’s made such calls before.  And in the case of Franklin, Vandy’s coach was very kind in reaching out to him when Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace’s sister was having surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center a month ago.

According to Freeze:


“I think it’s possible to be very competitive and still be courteous.  If I have a relationship with visiting coaches that are coming to our place, that’s not uncommon for me to do that.  I’ve done it this year with Clint Conque (Central Arkansas), Mack Brown (Texas), and Gene Chizik.  I didn’t talk with (Chizik) on the phone, I texted him.

James was very kind early in the year when we had an incident with Bo Wallace’s sister.  We’re going to want to beat them extremely bad Saturday night and he’ll feel the same, but I still think it’s possible to do it and still be very courteous to each other.”


Franklin’s response when asked about the call: “It was a very nice gesture, but… there’s really no reason for people to make those calls.”  Well, aside from just being nice.

Wallace’s sister underwent surgery at VU last month after suffering a broken neck in a car wreck.

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UK And UM Quarterbacks Aim To Play

Two SEC quarterbacks who got off to hot starts this season are expected to be on the field this weekend… despite shoulder injuries.

According to The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Ole Miss head coach Huge Freeze said yesterday that juco transfer Bo Wallace will “try to go.”  Wallace missed practice Tuesday after hurting his shoulder against Tulane on Saturday.  But his performance during yesterday’s practice session was enough to convince Freeze that his signal-caller’s ready for action:


“No doubt.  No question after today…

It didn’t appear that his arm strength was full but he say he was pain-free and he threw it around and did fine.”


Congratulations, Mr. Wallace, you get to face Alabama’s defense.

Meanwhile, up the road in Lexington, Wildcat QB Maxwell Smith also looks to be a go for Saturday.  The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Smith and head coach Joker Phillips have two different descriptions for Smith’s arm woes.  Phillips says it’s “a sprained acromioclavicular joint” while Smith says is “a separated shoulder.”  But according to Phillips:


“Max will be ready to play.  We held him out throwing (Wednesday).  He’ll end up practicing Tuesday, Thursday.”


A UK spokesman said Smith’s status is expected “to be a day-to-day thing the remainder of the season, based on how much contact he has, the severity, the extend and that kind of thing.”  He added that Smith’s injury can heal on its own without surgery.

Congratulations, Mr. Smith, you get to face South Carolina’s defense.

Say, you don’t think the pass rushers for Bama and Carolina will try to get a little rough with Misters Wallace and Smith this weekend do you?


For the record, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will also be playing with a hairline fracture in his shoulder blade, though his status was not believed to be a question following his scintillating 20-of-21 passing performance against Missouri last week.

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Wallace Gets The QB Start, But Freeze Says He’s Still Got Co-Number Ones At Ole Miss

So much for Bo Wallace beating out Barry Brunetti for the starting job.  Oh, sure, he’ll start for the Rebels against Central Arkansas in their opener, but after that… Hugh Freeze says all bets are off:


“To me it’s still ‘co’ (starters).  Bo will take the first series and we’ll see how he will do, but Barry will get his chances, too.  To me it is about who can move our football team and produce over the first couple of weeks…

I think it’s a good thing if you’re looking over your shoulder.  A lot of people don’t.  I think they better know they have to compete and they have to produce.  I want them focused on what their job is and do your job and do it well.  If you do that, you don’t have to worry about a whole lot.”


Not against Central Arkansas, anyway.

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UM QB Wallace Makes News For Taking A Punch

Ole Miss quarterback candidate Bo Wallace can take a punch.  At least that’s what the photo at left and a since-removed YouTube video seemed to show yesterday afternoon.

Over the weekend, Wallace — a juco transfer who’s competing with Barry Brunetti for the Rebels’ signal-caller duties this spring — reportedly got into a dust-up with a few UM frat boys.  The video showed Wallace take a punch before being surrounded by a larger group of men.  Wallace never appeared on tape to have tossed any haymakers himself.

According to The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, that’s the story Wallace has told head coach Hugh Freeze and for that reason the quarterback will not face any kind of punishment from the team.

He will however have this photo of himself getting punched in the face kicked around the internet for a day or two.  For comparison’s sake, here’s a nice headshot of Wallace when he’s not locked in a fracas.

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Ole Miss Signees – The Latest

Signed So Far:


Cody Core, WR

Quintavius Burdette, RB

I’Tavius Mathers, RB

Jaylen Walton, RB

Ben Still, OL

Channing Ward, DL

John Youngblood, DL

Robert Conyers, OL

Darone Bailey, OL

Pierce Burton, OL

Dehendret Collins, DB

Bo Wallace, QB

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