Friday, September 2, 2011

Premature Box Score - Ole Miss: Take 2

Do you remember the old CBS show "Early Edition"? It starred Kyle Chandler, someone we've come to know as Coach Eric Taylor from NBC's "Friday Night Lights."

Anyway, the premise of this show was Chandler's character receiving the newspaper a day early. This allowed him to attempt to fix the things that went wrong during that day (somewhere Michael J. Fox is in a sleeveless coat screaming "Nooo!!!!!")

I am going to give you the box score a day or so early. What I am attempting to do is kind of the same thing as "Early Edition," although you won't be able to save BYU from anything. Oh, and also, the info you receive from runs the risk of being wildly inaccurate.

Some readers might remember me attempting to do this during the summer. I've had some time to think about the Ole Miss game some more, and I would like to tweak it...a little.


BYU 31, Ole Miss 17

Heaps: 21-31 277 yards, 3 TDs

Quezada: 18 carries, 109 yards
Di Luigi: 11 carries, 58 yards
Kariya: 8 carries, 30 yards, 1 TD

Apo: 5 catches, 78 yards, 1 TD
Jacobson: 5 catches, 53 yards
Hoffman: 4 catches , 72 yards, 1 TD
Wilson: 2 catches, 27 yards
Holt: 2 catches, 16 yards, 1 TD
Di Luigi: 2 catches, 18 yards
Quezada 1 catch, 13 yards

Rushing yards allowed: 154 yards
Passing yards allowed: 151 yards
INTs: 1
Fumbles Forced/Recovered: 3/2

We all remember what happened when Heaps and Nelson split reps in fall camp last year. Neither QB got the preparation they both needed. As a result, neither were truly ready to begin the 2010 season.

Same deal for Ole Miss this year, except that the 1st team reps were split between three QBs. Ole Miss' starting QB Barry Brunetti was given the job last week only after Randall Mackey was arrested and subsequently suspended for the first game. Oh, and coach Houston Nutt says QB Zack Stoudt will play against BYU as well (Did anyone order a 2-QB system?). Good news.

Because of the inexperience at the QB position, Ole Miss will likely rely on Brandon Bolden, a very solid back. However, BYU's rush defense is one thing that doesn't concern me at all for 2012. With the speed of LBs like Kyle Van Noy and Uona Kaveinga, I think we'll be able to manage.

Also, Ole Miss' defense is what caused its 4-8 2010 record, and it only returns 4 starters. Two starters are lost from the secondary, and it was bad last year. This is why I had so much optimism in putting together BYU's offensive predictions. This seems like a pretty good opportunity for BYU to showcase its new offense. Kentrell Lockett returns, but after blowing out his knee last year, is it really safe to assume he'll be the same guy he was in 2009? I don't think so.

BYU and Ole Miss both had bad 2010 seasons, but BYU finished 2010 playing its best football. That can't be said about Ole Miss, and I have serious doubts about Ole Miss' ability to make vast improvements by Week One.

Feel free to leave a comment with your own prediction(s).

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