The weekend is calling my name. I'm ready to get outta the office and go outside while there's still some SUNLIGHT. Seriously.
I'll be in Tupelo on Friday night for the Olive Branch vs Tupelo football game, so if you'll be there, let me know. Tupelo's only an hour from Starkville, and I've got family down there, so I figure it'll make the drive a lil easier on Saturday morning. Not to mention that it should be one hell of a high school football game. South Panola wrapped up #1 in region 1a, so this game is for the #2 seed in the state playoffs, so it's pretty important.
The 'Dawgs aren't letting "bowl talk" be a distraction to them - Coach Croom, Titus Brown, and others make the point that they just need to keep working and finish the year strong. Everything else will take care of itself.
Coach Croom has said that he won't play Anthony Dixon this weekend unless he can fix the fundamentals. In their last game, Dixon was sent to the bench for the 4th quarter because he had fumbled the ball 3 times already in the game.
The suspensions of the 5 players involved with the textbook scandal have led to more players being able to get work, like Taylor Pharr and David Ross. David Ross has been practicing as first-string center, while Cardwell is slowed with back spasms. We may also see the return of Chris Capps to the starting lineup this week, due to Mike Johnson moving over to start at right guard over BJ Stabler. I'm a little bit worried, just so you know.
You wanna talk about a team that has confidence? Mississippi State ran all over us last year and owned the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. They're gonna try and do the same thing as they did last year. Of course, thank God that our players understand that and are ready for it - at least according to Darren Mustin.
The Birmingham News, or at least Jon Soloman, are calling for the upset this weekend. "This is a major trap game for Alabama, which is coming off an emotional defeat to LSU. Nick Saban has a challenge ahead to keep his team physically and mentally prepared before the Iron Bowl on Nov. 24. Teams typically struggle the week after playing LSU because of how physical the Tigers are. Mississippi State has road wins against Auburn and Kentucky, and will make it two in a row over Alabama."
Johnathan Lowe is SOOOO ready to play against his former team on Saturday. He says there will definitely be an adrenaline rush when he takes the field. Read more about him and his uncle and father, who both played for Coach Bryant.