Tuesday, August 28

SEC Roundtable

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Thanks to David at From the Hedges we now have the beta version of "SEC Roundtable." Hopefully a semi-weekly feature. (I don't do consistancy very well) Since David brought up several extremely thought provoking questions, I though I might just take a stab at them. Hopefully I'll be just slightly more successful than Miss Teen South Carolina.

If you could have any player back from graduation last year who would it be?

Hmmm...That's a tough one for Ole Miss. Yeah, about that...I'm gonna go with the top linebacker taken in the draft, The 49ers 11th overall pick Patrick effin' Willis. #49 was not only the best player on Ole Miss' team, but he was the best defensive player in the country. Willis was a nightmare for offensive coordinators and one of the few enjoyable things about the Rebs 4-8 season. With a more veteran supporting cast in 2007, Willis' 4.38 speed and 250 pound frame would have made the Rebel defense a major force to be reckoned with. Nope, instead the Rebs got three green linebackers with about 7 career tackles between them. Sweet!

Who's the most underrated/overrated team in the SEC? Why?

Underrated - Kentucky: The Cats have the best quarterback in the nation that nobody's ever heard of in Andre' Woodson. They were also an 8 win team in '06, which is an amazing feat for Kentucky. Nobody is giving them any credit, but they will upset a big boy this season. I'm thinking Louisville or Tennessee.

Overrated - Arkansas: The Hawgs are one or two injuries away from a horrible season. With Nutt's personal life impoding like it is, everything must fall perfectly for this team to be Top 25. Yes, they won the West last season (10 wins), but they also ended the year on a three game slide, lost their OC, Quarterback and a huge amount of fan support.

Take your team's biggest rival's head coach and make a case as to why he would be a good fit on your sideline

Mississippi State - Sly Croom: I'm sorry, I can't think of anything positive to say about what he's done at State. I guess he would help Ole Miss in the race relations department, until all those rich old white men had to up and fire his ass.

LSU - Les Miles: Why would Les Miles be a good fit? Well, Les Miles brings a lot of great things to a program...unfounded arrogance, tasteless smack-talk, a potty mouth, a huge forehead and a sub-par IQ.

Other than your team who do you want to win the National Title?

Vanderbilt : Wouldn't it be great? It would shake the foundations of the space/time continuum. Everybody would start hating Vandy and Bobby Johnson would get offered crappy NFL jobs. I think the Dores would be forced to expand stadium capacity upwards of 30k.

Predictions w/ scores:

Kansas State v. Auburn - Tigers 32 - Wildcats 28
Oklahoma State v. Georgia - UGA 24 - OSU 10
Tennessee v. California - Vols 36 - Homos 20


  1. Willis at 4.38!! If that were true he would have been top five and mentioned in the same breath as Ray "I kill white kids" Lewis.

  2. "Patrick Willis has most of the makings of an NFL success story. He's got speed, strength, toughness and integrity -- not to mention a life including abuse, death and foster parents.

    There's just one thing missing. Willis, an All-American and SEC Player of the Year at Ole Miss, hasn't been drafted yet.

    But that will change quickly April 28.

    The middle linebacker was clocked at 4.37 and 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day last week after a 4.51 time at the Scouting Combine."

    I'm too lazy to make this a hyperlink, but just google "Patrick willis 4.38" if you don't believe me.


    Ray Lewis was the 26th overall pick by the way. Inside Linebacker rarely go that high.

  3. Right, a jump from 4.5 down to 4.38 in two weeks. Was probably a hand held on a fast surface. For every 4.3 link I can give you a 4.5. http://nflexperts.scout.com/a.z?s=211&p=9&c=12&yr=2007&nid=83&lnid=124&rc=4&pid=65

    You are right about linebackers not going that high except for AJ Hawk and Ernie Sims last year.

    Willis was fun to watch last year, kind of a less athletic DeMeco Ryans if you will.

    eric-this is Brian Atkinson. I heard about the blog from Mangham and love it. Just wanted to mess wiht you. Keep up the good work.

  4. Well played, Brian. Well played. I'm always wary of "anonymous" commenters.

  5. Eazy,

    Only 4 tiny points for Auburn this weekend? You doin' that Ole Miss math again? Come on, at least give us three or four touchdowns difference. You are making me sad.