Big three should win their bowl games

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 29, 1999

Anybody out there picking all three of Mississippi’s postseason combatants to win their bowl games today and tomorrow? Well, I am. When you feel it you feel it, and I have that feeling that tonight Mississippi State, tomorrow evening Southern Miss and tomorrow night Ole Miss will sweep clean for our great state of Mississippi.

I know that 6-5 Clemson’s strength of schedule has dictated its role of favorite over 9-2 State, and that the oddsmakers have only been about doing their jobs.

But I just have that feeling that renowned MSU defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn will nail the favored Tigers. State will find a way to win. The way I see it Clemson will need to score at least three touchdowns to beat State, and I don’t think that will happen – not against State’s defense.

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From here it looks like Mississippi State the winner 20-13 in a jam-up good contest. Certainly the Bulldogs must beware, after all Clemson didn’t scare No. 1 Florida State without a good team. But Atlanta’s Peach Bowl will be peachy for MSU.

It’ll be champion vs. champion in Memphis’ Liberty Bowl. Conferernce USA kingpin USM is slightly favored to clip Mountain West winner Colorado State. USM skipper Jeff Bower will be guarding against a replay of last year’s Humanitarian Bowl embarrassment at the hands of Idaho. The Golden Eagles are a better team this time around.

I’m riding with USM 27-17 tomorrow evening in Memphis. The game’s supposed to start at 4 p.m., and I’m guessing ESPN will be showing USM winning.

At 7:30 tomorrow night – on ESPN as well – the Ole Miss Rebels of coach David Cutcliffe grapple formidable Oklahoma in Shreveport’s Independence Bowl. Coach Cutcliffe &uot;dropped in&uot; long enough last bowl season to lead his brand new Rebel team to a smashing victory over Texas Tech in the ’98 Independence.

Oklahoma is almost certainly a stronger opponent. Fact is, the Independence folks just might have stolen a march on some other more major bowls in landing the Sooners. I ain’t talkin’ Peach and Liberty – they’re good uns.

Ole Miss’s upset of Oklahoma? Make it Ole Miss 38, Oklahoma 27.

This tub-thumper also likes Florida over Michigan State 24-20 in the Citrus; Syracuse over Kentucky 35-17 in the Music City Bowl; Texas 35-21 over Arkansas in the Cotton; Nebraska over Tennessee 24-20 in the Fiesta; and Florida State over Virginia Tech 27-24 in perhaps the Sugar Bowl’s national championship game.

Nuff said…for now… on this subject.

…Hurried Hash: It sure was sad to learn that Cathedral basketball coach and teacher Bill Cameron had died last week. Bill, you see, was the age of our son Terry, and played will all our sons back a-ways… CHS AD Roy Garcia was certainly right when he said friendly (and occasionally funny) Bill Cameron will be hard to replace – not just at Cathedral, but in Natchez life. Natchez is sad.

…In a book son Terry gave me for Christmas, it shows in full color a 1963 Sugar Bowl game shot featuring Ole Miss and Arkansas, which was indeed a great game. Rebel quarterback Glynn Griffing had a remarkable day that afternoon in New Orleans, and Ole Miss won 17-13… Griffing’s heroics were a must for the Rebels of coach John Vaught, who was in the midst of a storybook career in Oxford…Natchezian Fred Kimbrell intercepted an Arkansas pass with less than a minute remaining in the thriller to seal the Rebel victory…QB Griffing was awarded the coveted Sugar Bowl Miller-Digby Trophy for his 14-for-23, 242-yard passing effort.