The home teams had a rough go on NFL wildcard weekend.

Indianapolis marched into Houston and drilled the Texans. The Eagles flew into Chicago and upset the Bears. And, the L.A. Chargers rode into Baltimore and ousted the Ravens. The only home team that won was the Dallas Cowboys as they stuffed the Seattle Seahawks.

Former MSU quarterback Dak Prescott led the Cowboys with his arm and his legs. This week round two begins with the top seeded Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Colts and the New England Patriots hosting the Chargers in the AFC. The other side of the bracket has the Saints hosting the Eagles and the Cowboys heading to Hollywood to take on the Los Angeles Rams. The Saints are the No. 1 seed in the NFC as all roads lead through New Orleans. The Saints were the No. 1 seed back in 2009 when they won the Super Bowl. Does the top seed guarantee a berth in this year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta? Last year it did as the Eagles and Patriots used their home field advantage to make it to the big game. Going back to 1990, the NFC has had 16 No. 1 seeds make the Super Bowl while the AFC has had 14 top seeds make it. So the Saints have a little over 50 percent chance of making the game, while they only have a 45 percent chance of winning the game. The Saints, however, have the best odds of anybody left playing.  

 

Rebels win on the road 

   Ole Miss basketball won their first SEC road game in two years Saturday night at Vanderbilt. The Rebels are 11-2 under Kermit Davis and will have to face two top 20 teams this week. They host Auburn on Wednesday night and then travel to Mississippi State (12-1) for a high noon contest on Saturday. The Bulldogs have not played since beating BYU on December 29. Coach Ben Howland says this is his best team since he arrived at MSU and hints that if the team can stay healthy, then this season could be special.

The USM Golden Eagles (8-7) lost their first three C-USA games this week but return to Hattiesburg to host Middle Tennessee on Thursday night and UAB on Saturday.

The No. 7 Lady Bulldogs of MSU are 2-0 in SEC play and 14-1 overall. Ole Miss is 0-2 in league and 6-10 overall. The Lady Golden Eagles are 0-2 in league play and are 8-7 overall as they travel to Middle Tennessee and UAB this week. 

 

 High School 
All-Americans 

It was a great weekend 3for five Mississippi high school football players. Bryon Young of West Jones and Charles Cross of Laurel played in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio. Down in Orlando, Jackson Prep's Jerrin Ealy, Lafayette County’s Brandon Turnage, and Louisville’s Charlie Moore took part in the Under Armour All-American game. Ealy set a new rushing record as he gained for 119 yards and scored twice. 

 

College baseball first-pitch 

   On January 31 the college basketball season will begin as the William Carey Crusaders will open at home against Missouri University. Delta State will begin their season the following day while on February 2 Mississippi College takes to the diamond. Belhaven and Millsaps open the following weekend. Jackson State will host Boston College in a four-game set beginning on February 15 while Alcorn will open in New Orleans at the MLB Urban Invitational. Mississippi Valley is also slated to open that weekend. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi all will be open at home on the weekend of February 15th. 

Dale McKee, a resident of Waynesboro, has covered Mississippi sports for more than 46 years. He writes a weekly sports column. You can contact Dale at ddmckee18@yahoo.com