Over the last few weeks, ESPN SEC bloggers Chris Low and Edward Aschoff has been ranking the different position groups in the SEC, including BYU's first-game opponent Ole Miss. I've kept track of all of the ranking and have made a semi-crude attempt at overall rankings.
The verdict? The idea BYU fans have been either thinking to themselves, telling only close friends, or screaming from the rooftops is true: Ole Miss really is not that good of a SEC team.
As you can see by the chart below, Ole Miss comes in as the third-worst team in all of the SEC. Now remember, the third-worst team in the SEC is NOT equal to the third-worst team in the WAC, MWC, or even the Pac-12. But it is looking more and more likely that BYU has a pretty good chance at coming home from Oxford with a win.
I guess the most exciting revelation from these rankings is that the Ole Miss defense is seen as the worst in all of the conference, with the linebackers and secondary coming in at dead last. With Jake Heaps leading an offense that caught fire towards the end of 2010 and is expected to pick up where they left off, this could lead to BYU starting the season off with a bang!
I think Ole Miss is not as bad as they look with these rankings and who knows how accurate these rankings are, but I think it should be safe to say BYU should be favored in this game.
Here are some of Low and Aschoff's thoughts on Ole Miss (Click on the clip for a better view):
On the QBS:
On the RBs:
On the WRs/TEs:
On the O-Line:
On the D-Line:
On the LBs:
On the DBs: