June 11, 2009
I'll give you a hint ...
Of course, we knew the second the Cotton Bowl ended that Ole Miss was going to get a lot of hype. As optimistic as I was about the Rebels, I never imagined anyone pegging them for a full-fledged bid for the SEC, a year removed from going 0-8 in the conference, off a season that included losses to Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and South Carolina and outlying collapses by division overlords Auburn and LSU, minus one All-SEC/first-round draft pick from each line.
Again, Ole Miss hasn't finished in the AP's final top-10 since 1969; they haven't been predicted to finish in that territory in about as long. We can officially say now that whatever switch the Rebels flipped last November -- or that pundits think they flipped -- it was one that hadn't been on in Oxford in 40 years.