FAN BLOG: Lock the Legion

BBVA_Compass_Bowl_logoOle Miss vs Pittsburgh Preview
By Brandi Ratliff

January 4, 2013 – There’s a parade of fans garbed in red and blue and vehicles gussied up with Hotty Toddy window flags and bumper stickers marking the southern highways and interstates as Rebel Nation makes their way to Birmingham to cheer on the Ole Miss Rebel football team in the BBVA Compass Bowl!

When preparation and opportunity collide, great things happen. This weekend in Birmingham Ole Miss will show up ready for battle on Legion Field against the Pittsburgh Panthers in pursuit of a bowl win!

Playing for a Division 1 school is a huge opportunity for any athlete. The University of Mississippi takes pride in making sure that each athlete has the tools they need to reach their greatest potential. Head Coach Hugh Freeze has been vital in this process. His aim to see the football program and the athletes become successful has been proven through his words and actions. He has built a program of integrity and positive energy in his first year as head coach. It’s a program that anyone should be proud to cheer for and proud to be part of.

The Rebels arguably played one of the toughest schedules in the country this season and were able to take away six victories including three conference wins. This is a huge accomplishment for a team who previously had only won six games and one conference game in the 2010 and 2011 seasons combined. The six losses were to teams that had been ranked throughout the season.

tunnelOle Miss is a 3 ½ point favorite coming into this game. Bo Wallace has been a big playmaker for the Rebels and ranks 4th in the SEC. His go-to wide receiver Donte Moncrief (FEED MONCRIEF) has had a great season with 60 catches for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns! This duo will make it tough on the Panther’s defense.

With so many tickets sold and thousands of Rebel fans making the trip to Birmingham for the game, the threat of crowd noise has proven to be a concern for Panther’s Head Coach Chryst and he has been preparing his team with piped-in “crowd noise” to get them ready.

In his presser on December 29 Chryst said, “I understand [Ole Miss] has sold a lot of tickets and sometimes that [noise] can be a factor in bowl games and sometimes it’s not. It’s better to edge on the side of caution.” He’s smart to prepare because no doubt the Ole Miss fans will be loud!

Ole Miss has won 8 of its last 9 bowl appearances and is ranked 13th all-time among Division 1 teams. The preparation has been made and the opportunity is there for a win! Be Early! Be Loud! The only thing left to do is LOCK THE LEGION! - MSM

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