Don’t do it, Ole Miss fans.
This fall, when your team is off to a hot start, don’t even think about crying about polls and rankings.
When the University of Mississippi schedules both Southeastern Louisiana and Northern Arizona for football games, you’ve lost your right to cry over a lack of media respect.
According to athletic director Pete Boone, UM worked long and hard to find a good team to fill out their schedule: Colorado and TCU were mentioned in the press. In fact, Boone said he spoke with about 15 schools.
But for one reason or another, it’s still the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona who will be heading to Oxford this Fall.
Only one Football Championship Subdivision win can count toward bowl eligibility, so, assuming the Rebels defeat both of their FCS tomato cans, they’ll still need to find five more wins from the following games:
Memphis, at South Carolina, at Vanderbilt, Alabama, UAB, Arkansas, at Auburn, Tennessee, LSU and at Mississippi State.
And while David Brandt of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger correctly points out that Duke, North Carolina and NC State all have two FCS schools on their schedules this fall, too… it must be stated those teams play in a basketball conference. Not the SEC.
Ole Miss deserves all the ripping (and poll snubbing) that they’re going to get for bringing in two laughers like Southeastern Louisiana and Northern Arizona this fall.