Ole Miss Is Overrated U

Ryne E. HancockCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2009

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Jevan Snead #4 of the Mississippi Rebels sits quietly on the sideline at the end of a 22-3 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in their college football game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)

Since the SEC championship game started in 1992, five teams have made the trip to Atlanta to represent the West.

Of those five teams, Ole Miss isn't one of them, and not anytime soon, don't expect the Rebels to make the trip to Atlanta as a representative of the SEC West.

Sure, the Rebels had a season to remember in 2008, but one would have to be a betting man that the Rebels would repeat their success in 2009.

Which they have, against sorry teams like Southeastern Louisiana, Memphis, and Vanderbilt.

Not Alabama or South Carolina.

Jevan Snead in the big games so far for the Rebels, has gone missing in action, playing more like a scared little boy than a guy that was supposed to be one of the best in the SEC at the quarterback position in 2009.

Against Alabama, Snead threw for four interceptions, was sacked, and in the first half, the Rebels had a grand total of 19 yards total offense.

Not good numbers if you want to be among the best in the SEC.

The defense, which was the mainstay last season, couldn't stop the Tide's running game, nor even tried to.

It was just not in the plan for the Rebels to somehow magically jump from Cotton Bowl champions to potential national champions.

Just wasn't.

I'm sure Rebel fans can agree that all of what they wanted to do in 2009 was nothing more than a pipe dream.

Now that I mention it, it was more like a crack high.

The only saving grace for the Rebels now is just finishing above water in the SEC West, which seems to be a tall task because Auburn and LSU are next on the docket as well as a pesky Arkansas squad that beat Auburn Saturday.

Win two of those games, and you could see them in Memphis once again facing Houston.

Or Shreveport.

But not New Orleans.