Sideline View by Dale McKee

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WAYNESBORO, Miss. The Super Bowl LIV matchup is set in stone. It has been 50 years since the Kansas City Chiefs have won a Super Bowl while the San Francisco 49ers have not won in in 25 years. The Chiefs of the American Football League whipped the NFL champion Minnesota Vikings in 1970 in Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The 49ers’ last win was over the San Diego Chargers in 1995. San Francisco is a surprise entry in this year’s Super Bowl as they only recorded a 4-12 record last year. This year’s game will be played in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 2, in the 100thyear of professional football.

Is LSU the best college football team of all time?

The Tigers are in the conversations after whipping defending national champion Clemson. LSU beat all the contenders in Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma this year. LSU also whipped seven teams that were ranked in the Top 10 at various times during the season.

I can say for sure that Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow with his 60 touchdown passes had one of the best seasons ever in college football history. LSU scored an unbelievable 726 points under Burrow’s leadership.

Tide & Saban rule

Alabama was the best team of the decade. The Crimson Tide’s record in conference play was 69-11 as they compiled an overall mark of 124-14 and won four National Championships under Nick Saban. LSU was second with a 105-30 mark with 58 SEC wins and one national title. Georgia barely made the 100 win club with a 100-36 mark. Auburn won the other national title of the decade. Mississippi State under Dan Muller and Joe Moorhead were 79-51 overall and 37-43 in SEC play. They were 6-4 in bowl games. Ole Miss was 60-64 overall under Houston Nutt, Hugh Freeze and Matt Luke. Inside the SEC they were 26-54 and were 3-1 in bowl games. Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt were the only SEC teams with fewer conference wins than the Rebels.

Senior Bowl

The Mobile, Alabama, college all-star game will have three Mississippians playing this Saturday. Ole Miss players Benito Jones and Josiah Coatney will join State’s Brian Cole II. Former Ole Miss players Van Jefferson and Shea Patterson are also on the rosters.

Coaching Changes

Mississippi State defensive back coach Terrell Buckley has joined the Lane Kiffin staff at Ole Miss. Kiffin also kept Derrick Nix and Freddie Roach for Matt Luke’s staff. Bulldogs coach Mike Leach has retained Tony Hughes from Joe Moorhead’s staff. Moorhead is heading to Oregon to join its program. Former USM football coach Todd Monken has been hired as the offensive coordinator at Georgia.

MSU cagers run away from SEC foes

Mississippi State (11-6, 2-3) destroyed both Missouri and Georgia at home last week. It was the first time since 1946 that MSU had beaten two conference teams in back-to-back games by 25 points or more. USM (5-14, 1-5) won their first conference game at home over Rice this past weekend. Ole Miss was their own worst enemy in their four-point home loss to LSU. The Rebels missed ten free throws and also blew a six-point lead in the final six minutes. Rebels guard Breein Tyree tallied 36 points as LSU had no answer for his scoring outburst.

College Baseball

This Saturday, college baseball begins in the Magnolia State. Tougaloo will travel to Loyola of New Orleans to open the 2020 season. William Carey opens at home on January 31 while Delta State and Mississippi College will begin the next day. First pitch for Ole Miss, Mississippi State, USM, Alcorn and Jackson State will be February 14.

Dale has been writing sports in Mississippi since 1973.