Have you been to a football game below the Mason Dixon Line in the last twelve years? If so you've heard Archie Eversole's song, We Ready at some point. It's an awful song from the Fruity Loops era. Nonetheless, Archie's pile of audible afterbirth gets about as much play in football stadiums as far more superior jock-jams Jump Around and Pump It Up. Good for Archie, he found a gimmick and still collects royalty checks from a creative dump he took back in 2002. We should all be so lucky. Regardless of my take on the song's value, the words "WE READY" have been chanted by almost every college and high school football player before their games kick off, regardless of the proclamation's basis in reality. Even teams like Jacksonville State scream it before kicking off to a team like Auburn.
Ole Miss: Last year the Rebs were led by Bo Wallace, a Power 5 QB that couldn't toss the ball into the ocean three times in a row if you spotted him two tries. The 2014 offense struggled to maintain drives due to a crooked armed QB and an inability to run the ball between the tackles. While Ole Miss climbed to #3 last season after beating Alabama in Oxford, anyone that knows football understands that one-dimensional teams don't stay on top for long. This was true in Ole Miss's case. The Rebel's defense would end up carrying the team to a 9-3 regular season before TCU annihilated them 42-3 in the Chic-fil-A Peach Bowl.
This year's team has the look of an entirely different beast from its predecessor, and this beast looks ferocious. The biggest difference has been at QB. Chad "Swag" Kelly brought his AK-47 arm to Oxford and has been spraying up defenses in the early part of 2015. He boasts the second best passer rating in the nation and has thrown for 898 yards, 9 touchdowns and 1 pick through the first three games, including 341 yards and 3 touchdowns Saturday against the might pachyderms from Alabama. One of those touchdowns can be chalked up to fluky luck, but when your nickname is Swag, these types of things happen:
These same fans were probably banging on their steering wheels as they drove home listening to the game on the radio because their surrender was premature. The Tide surged back with 13 subsequent unanswered points bringing the score within striking distance, at 43-37. Undaunted, the Ole Miss defense would weather the storm and the game ended with a wimper as a 4th down pass from Jacob Coker fell harmlessly to the turf.
Ole Miss looks like the most complete team in the country. They rank fourth in turnover margin and their defense is tied at the top in defensive takeaways.
The Rebel offense is ranked 9th in the nation. Chad Kelly may be inexperienced as a starter, but he has the arm and the moxy to win big games while lighting up the scoreboard. He also has three starting wide receivers 6'2" or taller to target in air attack. The Ole Miss ground attack is also benefiting from Kelly's ability to keep defenses on their heels, ranking 11th in the country in yards per carry.
I expect the Rebels to keep rolling through the rest of their schedule (Texas A&M may be a problem) and head into their Nov. 21st matchup with LSU ranked #1.
"Leonard Fournette at full speed, will destroy all matter he encounters." - Albert Einstein
LSU's defense has been good against the run this season, only giving up 3.22 yards a carry. They have been susceptible to the pass however, giving up as they are without potential first round pick, safety Jalen Mills. If Mills is able to get back on the field before they lay Alabama the defense will receive a big boost. Their schedule isn't particularly daunting:
The Auburn Tigers came into the season ranked SIXTH in the country on the strength of its residence in the SEC. Since then, they've squeaked by an 0-3 Louisville team, needed overtime to beat an FCS school (Jacksonville State University) and got emasculated by Louisiana State University. Last Saturday was an embarrassment and anyone with an ounce of discernment saw it coming a mile away. I won't say that Jeremy Johnson is an awful quarterback, I will say that his accuracy makes me think he has the depth perception of a one eyed, color blind, WWII vet with cataracts. Johnson also appeared to struggle with his sense of direction Saturday when he unfurled this beauty: