Rebs are looking to head down I-20 East to Hotlanta

By Bo Bounds from The Sports Think Tank

College football is right around the corner! With SEC football at an all-time high in popularity, we look toward the 2009 season with serious….Southern anticipation.

Ole Miss is the most hyped and talked about team in the modern era (post-1990) from the state of Mississippi. The Rebs haven’t been this highly thought of since the late 1960s. With a non-conference schedule that rivals Elon College, Ole Miss is a lock for 9 wins in 2009. Of course, 9 wins will not get you to Atlanta this year. That’s the only destination Ole Miss fans care about. When you’re the only team in the West that hasn’t played in the SEC championship game – 2009 is THE year with the schedule and a NFL quarterback under center. Who would have thought Ole Miss would go 40+ years without a SEC championship in 1969? Archie and Eli couldn’t do it. Will the big Texan Jevan Snead make Ole Miss fans forget about the first family? I doubt it, but a trip to Atlanta will bring mass hysteria to the water cooler and churches throughout Mississippi.

Ole Miss has the talent, and if they get the solid play they are expecting out of the left tackle position, they could walk off Scott Field making reservations to Atlanta. As we’ve discussed, it kills Ole Miss (the school with some tradition in football) fans that MState has played in what is widely considered the 5th BCS championship game. What if Ole Miss gets to celebrate in Davis Wade stadium like the Bulldogs did in Vaught-Hemingway in 1998?

At the end of the day, Ole Miss has to go 7-1 or win a tie-breaker at 6-2 to head east. With Snead at QB and a full-speed Hardy (mentally and physically?), this is Ole Miss’ best shot since the SEC split into two divisions.
I can’t wait to see Ole Miss v. Bama, Ole Miss v. LSU and Bama v. LSU. Don’t be surprised if Arkansas upsets one of the three favorites to win the SEC West. Now that Ryan Mallet is eligible, Petrino’s offense will be awesome with Michael Smith and co. making plays.

The Out of Bounds Show will broadcast from “The Square” the week of the Ole Miss v. Bama game. October 10th will tell us a lot about Ole Miss and the 2009 football season.

Bo Bounds is the host of The Out of Bounds Show on ESPN 105.9 The Zone.