Mississippi Rebels vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Preview and Free Picks

Mississippi Rebels
(3-2, 2-3 ATS)

Alabama Crimson Tide
(5-1, 4-2 ATS)

Common logic in this NCAA football betting affair is that the Alabama Crimson Tide are going to be a very angry bunch after losing their first game in two years last Saturday. However, the Ole Miss Rebels have been in this type of spot before, and they are going to be giving it their all under the lights in Tuscaloosa.

Ole Miss is starting to look better and better as the weeks go by. All of a sudden, after getting held to just 41 points in two games against the Tulane Green Wave and the Vanderbilt Commodores, the ‘O’ has exploded for 97 points against the Fresno State Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats. It is clear that QB Jeremiah Masoli is starting to get his legs under him. Though his passing yardage totals are down in recent weeks, five of his six TD passes came in these last two games, proving that he is starting to really get used to these receivers. RB Brandon Bolden is the start of the offense that Masoli gets the ball to. He has rushed the ball 76 times for 518 yards, and he leads the team with seven total touchdowns. HC Houston Nutt’s defense has been absolutely atrocious, but when you have an offense that can score with anyone in the nation, it doesn’t necessarily matter all that much. Running the ball is relatively hard on the Rebs, as they are only allowing 115.6 yards per game.

Alabama now knows what it feels like to have to come back from somewhere aside from the top of the country to make the National Championship Game. There is clearly no margin for error to make the title game now, especially in the SEC, where another loss could knock it out of the SEC Championship Game. This defense, which looked so dominant prior to last week was absolutely torched for 35 points by the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia. The offense had some troubles last week as well, and if that stays the case, the Tide are going to be in a lot of hot water. RB Mark Ingram has been totally MIA over the last two weeks, which really could end his quest to become the second man ever to win the Heisman Trophy twice. QB Greg McElroy has thrown for 1,298 yards this year in six games, but he now has a blemish on his record for the first time since he was in eighth grade. McElroy might be without WR Julio Jones, his top receiver, as Jones broke a bone in his hand last week. He played through the pain last week, but it’s up in the air whether he’ll be available to do the same this week or not.

This is the second straight week in which the Tide are playing a team off of a bye week, which as we already proved last week, is a very dangerous thing. Ole Miss has its legs under it, and Masoli knows what it’s like to play in the biggest games from his days with the Oregon Ducks. Another upset? Probably not. But a scare from out of nowhere is a very legitimate possibility for Alabama.

College Football Free Pick: Mississippi Rebels +21


States News Service December 6, 2011 CHICAGO — The following information was released by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC):

Please see below a statement from Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition regarding Newt Gingrich’s statement on poor children and their work ethic.

“Newt Gingrich’s statement that poor children have no work habits is wrong and is contrary to what I see everyday.

Is Newt saying that those in Appalachia, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and those that at one time ran our coal mines–but are now unemployed and poor–in his words have, “no habit of showing up on Monday and staying all day or the concept of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal?” His remarks are offensive, insulting and flat out wrong.

Do those in the South–Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas or Florida–who break their backs working in the agricultural fields or in the textile industry have no ingrained work ethic unless it comes to something illegal? site newt gingrich bio

Or what about those in our military who come from poor backgrounds? Many of our youth, who come from poor neighborhoods with limited job opportunities, educated by under-performing schools, view the military as their only way out of their circumstance; a military where you wake up at 6:00 a.m. just to go for a five mile run. Is Newt saying that they have “no habit of work?” What about professional and college athletes, many of whom come from poor backgrounds; these athletes who play football, basketball, soccer, or hockey? Is Newt saying that these athletes have “no habit of work?” How does Newt think one becomes a professional athlete unless they work hard?

Or is it the kids from poor areas, who attended underperforming schools and yet still dream of going to college. These children are usually not prepared academically for college and have to work twice as hard, yet they still graduate. They graduate so they can have a guaranteed debt without a guaranteed job. I guess these are the kids Newt refers to that have “no habit of work.” This view of the poor as lacking “a habit of working and no one around them works,” puts forth the false notion that all poor people are unemployed. There are 9.6 million households that are classified as working poor. These are people who work everyday and are still listed as poor. For example, I visited a homeless shelter for families with children in San Francisco last year. Everyone in that shelter had a job but the job didn’t pay enough for them to have shelter. Yet Newt would have you believe that poor people have “no habits of working and have nobody around them who works.” Newt Gingrich is out of touch with the reality of the 99% and proudly stands with the nation’s wealthiest, the 1%. He has no clue as to how the other 99% live, or maybe he just doesn’t care. website newt gingrich bio

It is because of people like Newt Gingrich that the Occupy Movement is so sorely needed. It is against the ideas advocated by people like Newt Gingrich that the Occupy Movement fights.

Most poor people work every day. They take the early shift. They clean our yards and our homes; they care for our children, and our parents. They sweep the floors and do the dishes at restaurants; they wipe our brows when we are sick and clean the beds in hospitals that they themselves cannot afford when they are sick.

Those without jobs–those facing rampant and sustained unemployment–need investment; job training and opportunity–not “a work ethic.” They need targeted job creation by the private and public sector, not cutbacks and layoffs.

Newt Gingrich has got it wrong. We must go another way.”

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