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Greetings from "Can't Wait For Saturday," your morning morsel of college football, courtesy of longtime Illini beat writer, AP Top 25 voter and Heisman state rep Bob Asmusssen. He'll give you his views each day on the game he loves.
Of course, Luke Altmyer is pulling for Mississippi. After all, he spent two years with the Rebels.
The team is having a banner season, with a 7-1 record. The only loss was 24-10 at Alabama. No shame there.
Though the College Football Playoffs are likely out for Mississippi, it will be playing somewhere warm during the holidays. The Athletic has the team projected for the Citrus Bowl against Penn State.
"I have a lot of great friends there and a lot of familiarity with not just Ole Miss, but Mississippi in general," Altmyer said. "I've known that program for a long time.
"I just enjoy watching some of those dudes I know so well and love so much. I root for those guys."
He has had a taste of the two top leagues in the country. So, wbat are the differences between the Big Ten and SEC?
"The environment where you play in, North and South, that's obviously a difference," he said. "But two just great leagues who put out a lot of great players. A lot of great coaches too. And historic programs. There are similarities there, but I think each program is so different."