SEC Haters: “What happens if Ole Miss wins the SEC?”
The SEC saw one of its most eventful weeks in recent memory with the year-long suspension of Florida quarterback Will Grier, the continued suspension of Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk and the sudden resignation of Steve Spurrier. And, none of that is what had the SEC haters buzzing on Saturday in the Twittersphere.
Here’s a look at some of the SEC criticism from Week 7:
Ole Miss losing on the road to unranked Memphis doused lighter fluid on a simmering fire around the nation; the loss reinforced the belief that the SEC West is overrated, while the SEC East is just plain bad.
Former NFL tight end, and Oregon alum, George Wrighster went straight for the jugular before the Ole Miss/Memphis contest even finished.
I called Memphis over Ole Miss and it's gonna happen 24-14 at half. #SEC ain't tough like you think. "Top teams" losing to non power 5.
— George Wrighster (@georgewrighster) October 17, 2015
From there, Twitter played a fun game of dog pile on the Rebels.
Congrats to Ole Miss being the most overrated team. Can the media stop with SEC obsession?
— Sooners Blog (@uoklasports) October 17, 2015
Ole Miss showing how overpowering the SEC West is this season.
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) October 17, 2015
Memphis is now in the driver's seat for the SEC West.
— Kyle Cupples (@CuppleOthoughts) October 17, 2015
Keep in mind, Memphis has a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate and future first round pick playing quarterback in Paxton Smith. The Tigers are also the favorite amongst all Group of 5 conferences to earn a New Years Day bowl bid.
This same Memphis team went 10-3 last year, nearly upsetting UCLA on the road and hanging 55 points on BYU in the Miami Beach Bowl. We’re not exactly talking about Appalachian State…
Ole Miss is littered with NFL talent and should it go on to win the SEC West (it would take wins over Texas A&M and LSU), then beat either Florida or UGA in the SEC Championship game, the Rebels will have fully vindicated themselves from their mid-October loss to a non-power 5 program.
Just a week after Florida and Mizzou struggled to score on national television, giving the SEC East a black eye, Ole Miss having 31 unanswered points dropped on them before gave the SEC West a similar shiner.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter asked a question that’s on the minds of many in college football circles:
Ole Miss does hold the tiebreaker over Alabama and the loss to Memphis, regardless of public perception, doesn’t change the fact that the Rebels have a serious shot of finishing the season in Atlanta.
It might not go over with well with rapper Mekka Don. But, Ole Miss losing goes to further prove that Alabama is overrated, right?
Memphis is beating the team who beat mighty Alabama. LOL #SEC
— Mekka Don (@MekkaDonMusic) October 17, 2015
His rhymes may not be household, but the notion that Alabama is overrated and that an Ole Miss loss makes the Tide a bad football team seems popular.
How bad is Ole Miss? And, thus, how bad is Bama?
— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) October 17, 2015
Ole Miss, who beat Alabama (with 24 points off turnovers), losing to Memphis does not bode well for SEC.
— Wally Hall (@WallyLikeItIs) October 17, 2015
So does this Memphis vs. Ole Miss game mean Memphis is better than Alabama?! Hmmm
— Graham Rahal (@GrahamRahal) October 17, 2015
As if that game wasn’t enough ammo, UGA and Mizzou came to a gunfight with Popsicle sticks, failing to muster even a touchdown between them. The Tigers do have the SEC’s best defense statistically, but that didn’t save them from trending for all the wrong reasons on Saturday night.
To make matters worse, it was the second Saturday in a row that the Tigers failed to find pay dirt on national TV.
Reddit’s college football account offered one of the funnier tweets about the game.
If you really, *really* like longsnappers, watch #MIZZvsUGA. If you like any other part of the game, it'd be best to watch anything else
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 18, 2015
But, media personalities from all walks were almost offended by the lack of offense. Kyle Jordan, a morning news anchor from South Carolina offered this (full disclosure, the Gamecocks lost to both UGA and Mizzou).
— Kyle Jordan (@KyleLive5) October 18, 2015
Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Danny Kanell, who drives the bus for SEC haters, compared the UGA/Mizzou game to watching Boston College and Wake Forest (both teams are below .500 and have combined for one ACC win; it came when they played each other).
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) October 18, 2015
Not even Heisman Trophy front-runner Leonard Fournette was safe.
Despite rushing for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead No. 6 LSU past unbeaten No. 8 Florida, the sensational sophomore caught some flak for his “mature” look from sports reporter Maria Martin.
Is it just me or does Leonard Fournette actually look over the age of 40?
— Maria Martin (@Ria_Martin) October 18, 2015
In her defense, she’s an Ole Miss alum so excuse her for being salty…
And, while it seems impossible to not love everything about Fournette’s game, leave it to Kanell to throw some shade on the nation’s leading rusher.
Leonard who??? Dalvin Cook with another unreal TD run!!!
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) October 17, 2015
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) October 17, 2015