Culpepper’s Commentary: Time for the real fireworks

I can hardly wait for this contest. Warm-up games with that fuzzy feeling like it’s an outdoor picnic – Wyoming and New Mexico – are over for the Longhorns. The real fireworks are about to start.

Everybody that cheered at DKR-Memorial Stadium when the Oklahoma-UTEP score was so very close two weeks ago need to know Ole Miss held a 21-0 lead at halftime over those same Miners from El Paso.

Rebel quarterback Bo Wallace, at 6-5 and 210 pounds, had three touchdown passes (15 of 22 for 174 yards) and 53 yards rushing. He is a junior and throws to an outstanding receiver in Donte Moncrief (6-2, 214) and has a quick running back in Jeff Scott (5-7, 175), who had 113 yards on 13 carries Saturday.

Rebel Stadium, which seats 60,580, will be packed Saturday night and be in rare form after the daylong party at the 10-acre sea of red and blue tents near the stadium. Their favorite cheer of “Hotty Totty” will be heard from early to late in Oxford at the Grove.

This is the first really big game for former Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze and he is by what I hear an excellent motivator. He coached as an assistant at Ole Miss from 2005-2007, so he knows what’s at stake.

Here is the deal: Ole Miss represents the SEC, which all news media bow down to. A win over the Texas Longhorns, whose fans still claim with a healthy Colt McCoy would have defeated Alabama in the 2009 National Championship game, would be a nail in the coffin for the Big 12.

After all, Texas A&M found another way to lose in the second half versus Florida and Missouri forgot that football games last four quarters versus Georgia. Nobody else in the Big 12 schedules an SEC team, and this one thing I know: should Texas get off to a slow start on offense or defense and the Rebels pull off an upset, it will be ”SEC…SEC…SEC” far into the night.

I’ll be there and I don’t want that to happen. I call it Texas 28, Ole Miss 17.