The Ole Miss Rebel Black Bears are feeling pretty good right now heading into this week’s game against Alabama. I guess they should. After all, they are unbeaten through four games and are ranked No. 11 in the latest Associated Press poll.
They also have a pretty good defense.
But in 2014, these Black Bears will only go as far as their quarterback, Bo Wallace can take them. Here’s what Dr. Bo has done so far this year:
So far, at least statistically, Wallace hasn’t had a bad year. In fact, before last week’s game against Ole Miss (and through the bye week that proceeded it), folks were downright gushy about the RBB signal caller. As the line went, Wallace had been on first since the second half of the Boise State game.
But I think the story goes deeper than just these numbers. Let’s face it, if you look inside the big red sort of circle, you’ll see that Ole Miss’ competition this year ain’t all that grand. You’ll also see that Wallace likes to turn the ball over, and those tend to come in bunches. That’s something about Wallace’s play that isn’t new for 2014.
Of course, I also buy the line of thinking that Ole Miss, and Wallace, were probably looking ahead to Bama. It’s hard to keep your focus on a team like Memphis when the big boys are rolling into your town the next week.
Most of us Bama fans look at the Black Bears and Wallace and aren’t all that concerned. After all, this is a team that hasn’t beaten us since 2003. But I look at this game as trouble. The RBBs have a salty defense, they are playing at home, they have some momentum that comes from being 4-0, and, they do have a quarterback that is capable of getting hot and pulling a Stephen Garcia.