Even in late October, South Carolina safety Chris Culliver said Alabama's Mark Ingram was not the best back on USC's schedule.
He said it was Ole Miss' Dexter McCluster. And that was after Ingram had run for 246 yards against the Gamecocks.
McCluster has done nothing but prove Culliver right. He has rushed for 739 yards in his past four games (three Ole Miss wins). That includes the eye-popping 282 yards (and four touchdowns) against Tennessee.
Had Houston Nutt used him this way in September, McCluster might be the Heisman winner and Ole Miss might be the SEC West team in the title game, not Alabama.
The Rebels, left for dead in late September, are an Egg Bowl victory away from a 9-3 regular season. That's one more win than they had a year ago.
He has 1,258 yards and 11 yards in 10 games (had to sit one because of off-season trouble). Tim Tebow's rushing touchdowns record has been lauded, but Dixon (41) is five scores behind third place.
He's an amazing player who happens to be having a pretty all right season. But pretty all right seasons don't win Heismans.
Drew Butler is outstanding. Twenty-four of his 50 punts have gone for more than 50 yards (he's averaging 48.8 yards per punt).
Miles throws his QB under the bus and gets called for it. These late-season slides are one thing. Leadership in the
heart of the adversity is another. Don't be surprised if his seat continues to warm.
Joe Cox has been about what most expected Joe Cox to be. And that's not good. Getting someone ready to throw to A.J. Green should be an
Ironing out the schedule
Having Alabama and Auburn on Friday doesn't seem right. Arkansas-LSU was a comfortable day-after-Thanksgiving fit.
By the numbers
4 - Number of SEC teams in top 25. At one point, early on, there were four
in the top six.
10:14 - Length of Alabama drive last week against Chattanooga. It went
50 yards and ended in a missed field goal.
5 - Where South Carolina could finish in the East if Kentucky beats
6 - Three East teams (Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee) could finish with
six-win regular seasons, if Kentucky defeats the Vols.