Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
Don’t buy the story of Mississippi’s emergence just yet, even though the Rebels destroyed No. 10 Missouri this weekend.
Here’s a list of their nonconference victories: Mississippi Valley State, Coastal Carolina, Arkansas-Little Rock, McNeese State, Lipscomb, Rutgers, East Tennessee State, Loyola Marymount, San Francisco, Hawaii and Fordham. Hooray.
The Rebels also lost to Indiana State and Middle Tennessee, so let’s take their SEC title hopes with a grain of salt. Mississippi beating Missouri, who was without Laurence Bowers mind you, was probably worse in the long run for the league as a whole since it is looking for its top teams to establish themselves among the nation's best.
Elsewhere, Kentucky lost again, this time to a Texas A&M squad that counts a loss to Southern and a 21-point beatdown at the hands of Saint Louis on its resume. Does anyone, outside of the referees who botched a shot clock call in the game against Vanderbilt, believe in the Wildcats at this point?
Now that nonconference play is over, I’m not sure what the SEC can do to save its reputation this year. It probably wouldn’t hurt if Florida, Missouri and Kentucky started to dominate everyone else, but after this week I don’t think that will happen either.