A thought occurred to me last night: with A&M moving into the SEC next season and, presumably, onto the schedule of Ole Miss, do the Rebels have an incentive to cancel its home-and-home with Texas? We're scheduled to play in Oxford next season, with Ole Miss returning to Austin in 2013.
I think so.
Other SEC schools (most notably Tennessee squirreling its way out of a return trip to Oregon next year) seem to be adjusting their future OOC schedules recently -- perhaps because the handwriting is on the wall for a ninth OOC game? If so, Ole Miss might be looking to axe a game.
Even if not specifically looking to cancel a game a year, playing Texas is now pretty redundant for Ole Miss if they're already getting Texas exposure through their games with the Aggies. (Forget thought about how we're different from the Aggies. We know this. Consider this from the eyes of Mississippi. Do they know this?)
And maybe, just maybe, they'll be doing their new conference-mates a favor by refusing to play us.
This is all purely conjecture. But it wouldn't surpise me in the least.
You heard it here first.