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From the Other Sideline – Ole Miss

Jake Adams of The Ole Miss Blog is a lawyer, lifelong Ole Miss fan, sports junkie, and wannabe famous novelist. He also still resents Auburn for stealing Tommy Tuberville. You can follow him on Twitter at @adamsjaken or on By the way, Ole Miss beat reporters are the only guys to give me the shaft in three years of doing this series, and they’ve done it both of the last two years. Ah who cares, I’ll gladly take a fellow blogger. We know more than they do anyway.

1. Based on the comments from each of Auburn’s previous opponents’ fan bases, Cam Newton really hurt a lot of people’s feelings last season. How do Ole Miss fans feel in that regard?

I was fine with Cam Newton all the way up until he caught that touchdown pass against Ole Miss. It’s one thing to own everybody around you, it’s quite another to own everybody around you while playing a completely different position. That feeling I had after Newton caught that pass allowed me to have some empathy with Al from Dadeville. Poor guy.

2. What is the Ole Miss fans’ confidence level coming into this game? Do they expect a win?

After the way Houston Nutt went off on writer Neal McCready last Saturday for picking the Rebels to lose to Arkansas 49-10, many Ole Miss fans are afraid to express their feelings. Not me. I expect Michael Dyer to have a career day on Saturday, just like each tailback who has faced the Rebels before him. Playing Ole Miss is a great way to vault a player into Heisman contention. It’s also a great way to discover a quarterback. I understand Auburn is still looking for one. Expect the headlines on Sunday to say that Malzahn found his man. This is what I call “The Ole Miss Defense Effect”. To answer your question, no, I don’t think any Ole Miss fan expects to win this game. Hopes, yes. Expects, no.

3. Have the fans turned on Nutt yet? If so, who do they want to replace them?

You obviously do not read Here you go.

4. Who are two generally unknown Rebel Black Bears that Auburn fans should watch out for?

Nick Brassell and Donte Moncrief are a pair of freshmen receivers whose speed and talent have vaulted them into being significant parts of the Ole Miss offense. Expect the Rebels to try to make big plays happen with both of these guys. But please don’t tell Ted Roof I told this information.

5. What are the Rebels’ major concerns for this week?

DEFENSE. The Ole Miss defense gives up too many big plays and too many yards rushing. The real fear is that Michael Dyer will have at least one run of 50 + yards. If this happens, Ole Miss will lose. This year, the big play almost always happens. Saturday should be no different. Dyer will be the SEC offensive player of the week on Monday.

6. What positional match-ups do you see Ole Miss having an advantage over Auburn?

Tyler Campbell can out-punt Auburn’s punter any day of the week.

7. Who is your favorite Auburn Tiger of all time, and why?

Bo Jackson. Mostly because he was awesome. I remember him as being more akin to a runaway freight train than to a human being. In my mind, Jackson will always be larger than life. His injury was one of the saddest I’ve ever experienced as a sports fan.

8. What is your brief analysis/prediction for the game?

Call it a hunch, but despite all my negativity above, I think this game might be closer than people think. Auburn is struggling on offense and Ole Miss is improving. It’s going to come down to whether the Ole Miss defense can stop giving up inexcusable big runs like the one it allowed in the 2nd quarter to Dennis Johnson last week. They haven’t yet. Therefore, I’ll pick Auburn 24-20.

9. Where do you see Auburn/Ole Miss ending up this season?

Auburn will lose to Georgia and Alabama and take its seven wins to the Peach Bowl. Ole Miss will finish either 4-8 or 3-9 depending on what happens in the Egg Bowl.

10. Lastly, what did you vote for: the black bear, the shark, or the faceless frat guy? Or were you in the Admiral Ackbar camp?

I voted for the Shark because it was based on the Landshark nickname given the Ole Miss defense back when it was playing well in 2009. Luckily the Bear won the vote. There hasn’t been much on the field reminiscent of sharks the last couple years.

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WDE T 10/26/2011 at 1:42 pm

Didn’t our punter win special teams player of the week a few weeks ago though?

WDEwg 10/26/2011 at 2:10 pm

I like this guy a heck of a lot better than the normal beat writers. Course, he called Bo’s injury one of the saddest things in all of sports– so he kinda got me there.

Ole Miss can’t stop the running game, huh? Except for last week, that’s what we’ve been able to do, right? Me likey.

Not to step on WB’s prediction for later in the week, but I think we’ll find our groove on offense, and get back to scoring something in the 30’s- -maybe the 40’s. Don’t let all the “Malzahn going back to Arky” stuff fool you- -the guy he wants to send packing is Nutt. He’ll bring a certain edge to the game this weekend, and it will be to bomb the Ackbar Bears back to the stone ages. AU wins big, goes in on a high for the off week.

auwilly 10/27/2011 at 8:45 am

Any day of the week? I’m sure that their punter kicks consistent 75 yarders, then. Mr. Clark is no slouch.

Jake 10/27/2011 at 9:07 am

I love the fact that you guys get worked up over a comment I made about the punters. Your water boys are probably better that Ole Miss’ too, am I right?

vancejf 10/27/2011 at 10:28 am

LOL @ #14:

14. $2.8 million. Ole Miss fans don’t give money to a coach just so they can brag about having a high-paid coach. They expect wins, or at least a COMPETITIVE football team. You don’t pay a guy this much money to build. You pay him to win. Or at least win the EASY ones. 1-3 against Vanderbilt. Jacksonville State. Come on!

auwilly 10/27/2011 at 11:06 am

Actually, yes. Our hydration technicians are better. There, now I feel better.

WDEwg 10/27/2011 at 11:54 am

Have we ever had a guest come back and read the comments? I like this guy even more.

Yes- -his list of reasons to fire Nutt were hilarious– especially the part about him losing to another lawyer in town that was terrible, and then to a paralegal, and wondering if he’d still have a job. Good stuff.

Hey Load 10/27/2011 at 1:42 pm

I prefer the bloggers to the beat writers. In most cases, the bloggers are more subjective and honest in their opinions where the beat writers tend to walk the company line.

Great choice this week, WB.

MrJoshua 10/27/2011 at 2:04 pm

Prediction was a little too close for me… Auburn 42 Ole Miss 10.

And empathy for Al from Dadeville? You gotta be kidding me.

You know 2 teams are having one heck of a season when they are arguing over who has the best punter… War Eagle anyways!

TheAuburnGirl 10/27/2011 at 2:16 pm

Okay, Jake appears to be an amusing, interesting, honest blogger who is into Ole Miss the way WarBlogle is into Auburn. I liked his answers. Except. “Empathy for Al from Dadeville”? That is not cool. The man is a killer. Maybe it was trees this time, which is heartbreaking enough, but what might he have done next if he hadn’t been caught?

Jake 10/27/2011 at 2:29 pm

Thanks for enjoying my interview. Warblogle has some fun readers. The “empathy for Al from Dadeville” was purely in jest, although you would not want to know the types of thoughts that were going through this poor Ole Miss fans’ head when I saw Cam catch that pass. Football is emotional. That’s why we love it. Poor Al had to watch Cam lead Auburn back from what was it? 24 points down? I can only imagine how brutal that must have been. It’s a wonder he is the only person who snapped!

harryhood41 10/27/2011 at 4:32 pm

I love this guy. I’m going to follow him on twitter and read his blogs. He actually has a personality like our beloved WarBlogle. This guy should be called the Reblogger, right?

I like this guy

War Eagle


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