Football Fireworks in Mississippi

nutshellWell, the State of Mississippi kept it going.

After the biggest week in the history of college football in the state of Mississippi, much of the nation felt like there would be a hangover. Both Mississippi State and Ole Miss made sure we knew there wasn’t.

One week after knocking off my beloved Alabama Crimson Tide, the Ole Miss Rebels went on the road, as an underdog, and convincingly beat the Aggies of Texas A&M. Ole Miss jumped on the Aggies early and often, never looking back. With that victory, Ole Miss remained ranked 3rd in both the weekly coach’s poll and AP poll.

Back home in Starkville, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State took care of the then-ranked #2 Auburn Tigers. Mississippi State was taking Auburn behind the woodshed, up 21-0 at one time. Momentum then changed and Auburn was trying to play their way back into the game. However, Mississippi State, behind the leadership of QB Dak Prescott, was able to turn it back up in the 2nd half and hang on to a convincing victory at their on campus Davis Wade Stadium. With this victory, Mississippi State had beaten 3 top 10 teams in consecutive weeks, earning their first #1 ranking in school history. Well deserved, in my opinion.

The Alabama Crimson Tide, who were upset in Oxford, Mississippi the previous week, went on the road to face a much improved Arkansas team. To be honest, this was the worst performance of an Alabama team I had seen in years. The Crimson Tide escaped Fayetteville with a 14-13 victory over Bret Beliema’s Razorbacks. Thank God we can block extra points.

No Gurley, No problem. True freshman Nick Chubb ran wild on Faurot Field, home field of the Missouri Tigers, this past Saturday. Subbing for suspended running back Todd Gurley, Chubb made the most of his playing time, leading the Georgia Bulldogs to a convincing 34-0 victory.

Up the road in Knoxville, no one thought Chattanooga would give the Vols much of a game. Well, they were right. UT walked away with a convincing 42-10 victory over the Mocs. UT now faces Ole Miss at Oxford this week.

Les Miles may have put the nail in the coffin for Will Muschamp at Florida. With the game tied, Florida QB Jeff Driskel absolutely killed the Gators again. He threw another interception, setting up LSU to kick a game winning field goal in the Swamp. Muschamp’s days are number. Athletic Director Jeremy Foley looks 20 years older since Muschamp was hired, only a few years ago.

Fireworks at Charlotte

In the 2nd race of the 2nd segment of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Brad Keselowski managed to piss off just about every other driver on the circuit. After the race, Denny Hamlin slammed on his brakes with Keselowski behind him, he backed into Tony Stewart’s car, and rammed into Matt Kenseth’s car.

Kenseth and Keselowski tangled between the car trailers in the pit area. This incident has garnered a ton of attention. In fact, Talladega Superspeedway sold 10,000 tickets to the fall race this weekend this past Sunday, a day after the shenanigans at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s gonna be fun to see how this 3rd race of the 2nd segment goes this weekend. With cars dropping like flies at Talladega, and the certainty of “the big one”, who in the heck knows who will come away the victor at the 2.66 mile Superspeedway. We don’t know what car or driver will win, but we do know NASCAR and Talladega has already won.

About Jason Hildebrand

Jason Hildebrand was born in Cleveland, Tenn. and has lived his entire life in Bradley County. Jason started playing baseball at a very early age and went on to play at Cleveland High School where he graduated from in 1992. After graduation, Jason attended The University of Tennessee at Knoxville before graduating from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
An avid sports fan, Jason’s is a season ticket holder at the The University of Alabama. He has been fortunate enough to be a part of the last two Crimson Tide National Championships (’09 BCS game in Pasadena, CA and ’11 BCS game in New Orleans, LA). Though he primarily cheers, “Roll Tide Roll!,” he keeps up with all Collegiate football, regionally and nationally.
He is currently a co-host on the Sports Drive and the sideline reporter for Cleveland High School. He has been blogging for since 2014.
In Jason’s spare time he enjoys playing golf and cooking (outdoors). Jason is the son of Terry and Diane Hildebrand, from Cleveland, TN. His birthday is October 3rd , and he is also the husband of Emily Beaty.

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