John Adams: Orgeron's ghost hangs over UT-Ole Miss

John Adams

Somewhere between the first and 41st playing of "Rocky Top" this afternoon, the Tennessee band should strike up "Colonel Reb Is Crying."

UT could post the lyrics on the JumboTron so fans could sing along or simply yell incoherently during a musical tribute to Coach Ed Orgeron, who - for better or worse - has had an impact on both UT and Ole Miss.

The former Ole Miss head coach recruited the Rebels' upperclassmen before he was fired after a third consecutive losing season in 2007. As UT's recruiting coordinator during Lane Kiffin's drive-by coaching stint, Orgeron also had a hand in assembling the Vols' last two recruiting classes.

Orgeron is now an assistant coach on Kiffin's staff at Southern California. Colonel Reb is reportedly living in a home for unwanted mascots somewhere in Mississippi.

UT 31, Ole Miss 30: Rebel Black Bear will be crying after this one.

Auburn 40, Georgia 27: It's just a matter of time before an anonymous source blames the Tigers' Cam Newton for global warning. Despite all the speculation about his eligibility, he's still the hottest player in the country.

The Bulldogs couldn't contend with Florida's three rotating quarterbacks two weeks ago. So why would anyone think they could slow down Newton, who passes better than John Brantley, runs with more power than Jordan Reed, and eludes defenders more easily than Trey Burton?

Alabama 20, Mississippi St. 10: One week might not be long enough to overcome a hangover the magnitude of Alabama's. The Tide still had hopes of repeating as national champion until it was upset by LSU last week.

Remember the last time Alabama was knocked out of contention for the national championship? It responded with an embarrassing loss to Utah in the Sugar Bowl.

The Bulldogs don't throw well enough to kick the Tide when it's down.

South Carolina 27, Florida 24: The Gamecocks haven't played a decent game in a month, and the Gators have won back-to-back games with a gimmicky offense that seemingly has everyone but Mike Pouncey playing quarterback.

But the Gamecocks proved in a victory over Alabama they're capable of playing a great game. And Steve Spurrier proved he's still capable of coaching one.

Spurrier will deserve another game ball if the Gamecocks upset his alma mater to win the SEC East.

Kentucky 30, Vanderbilt 10: With all that's going on in the SEC, it's easy to overlook the Commodores, who are quietly putting together one of the worst stretches of football in school history.

In Vanderbilt's current four-game losing streak, it has been outscored 168-35. You have to go all the way back to 1945 to find four consecutive losses by a greater margin.

The 2001 Commodores also were outscored by 133 points over four games, after which coach Woody Widenhofer was fired.

LSU 30, Louisiana-Monroe 7: In one of the oddest developments of the season, the Tigers are still in the running for the national championship despite ranking 92nd in total offense - just another reason to believe coach Les Miles is practicing black magic.

Don't be surprised if the quarterbacks for Oregon, TCU, Boise State and Auburn miss games due to mysterious injuries or illnesses in the next couple of weeks.

Arkansas 54, UTEP 24: The last time the Miners faced a passing attack as proficient as the Razorbacks', they gave up 54 points to Houston. Look for the Razorbacks to improve on their 42.8-point per game average over the last four games.

Top 25: Oregon 51, California 20; TCU 38, San Diego State 13; Wisconsin 37, Indiana 13; Stanford 31, Arizona State 20; Ohio State 41, Penn State 17; Oklahoma State 40, Texas 27; Iowa 37, Northwestern 24; Utah 31, Notre Dame 23; Virginia Tech 27, North Carolina 23; Arizona 34, Southern Cal 27; Missouri 30, Kansas State 20; Oklahoma 38, Texas Tech 27; Nevada 41, Fresno State 30; Texas A&M 37, Baylor 30; Central Florida 31, Southern Mississippi 20.

Record: 164-37 (.815) overall, 92-83 (.526) against the spread.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Johnadamskns.

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Comments » 7

VenomousVol writes:

Yaw! Yaw! Yaw!

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor know ghost...that no ghost that his breath.
Bones never lie.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Why am I not surprised that old John Boy Adams is again writing about stuff we do not give a dime for. Thanks John for reminding both teams of the nightmare that was Orgerama. He's no longer around, we don't care. I refuse to read this and think less of it being posted.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

What?! Adams picked the VOLS to win?! STOP THE PRESSES!!!

Vols_For_The_Win writes:

"Football"

Crumbhead writes:

in response to Vols_For_The_Win:

"Football"

Or, as EO would say, "Fuhbaw".

LaneBrains writes:

We're proud of Ed, and he continues to prove that he is among the top 3 football coaches in the history of college football (just behind Monte and WAY behind me....but light years ahead of all others) AND of course he is the very best recruiter to have ever lived...at UT he brought the highest rated recruit ever...RB Brown.

Monte thinks Ole Miss and UT should both name streets after him...giving him his due respect.

CLK,Monte and Ed

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