They seem a little annoyed on the Bama board because many feel that Ole Miss is the leading contender for the SEC West. LSU is understandably sold short right now with a young quarterback and a new defense. But Ole Miss has the second-best quarterback in the conference and better balance between offense and defense than Bama does. Bama has what appears to be a very powerful defense but a rookie quarterback who is unproven in the league. Other than an all-world receiver, the offense is middle of the pack in the SEC. So, the questions seem to be: 1. Is Ole Miss more than a flash in the pan. Can they string together more than one year of success? Is Nutt the answer for their 3-decade decline? 2. Is Bama's defense good enough to win the West if their offense can't score enough points? Will McElroy be an SEC-caliber quarterback on day one? Is their running game enough to carry them, if he ain't? 3. Can LSU overcome the toughest schedule in the SEC? We are the only SEC contender that has to play each of other four (Ole Miss, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida). Can Jefferson/Lee/Shepard step up to championship quarterback play. Can Chavis get a new defense together that can stop stop top SEC offenses? 4. Auburn, Arkansas, State . . . any chance at all of upsetting the cart?