So based on your tapdance, football fans and analyst shouldn't discuss predictions of team records or individual or team expectations? They should limit discussion to dissecting box scores after the fact?
Just because you ask the question doesnt make it fairly popular. If you truly understood the impact of unforseen events on the outcome of a game or reason, you would fully understand why your question lacks merit, and why the "predict the record" game is pointless and proves little nothing. The reasoning behind a prediction tells us a bunch more about ones intellect, so lets rewind some:
The point from the very start was that it was dumb for you to claim the OM D has huge question marks because of how it performed in 2013 and they return 10 starters. The Ole Miss D should improve for those obvious reasons, and you have done a fine dance around that idea, which should fool no one.
As for the O, who has lowered the expectations? They return their SR QB, who should be much closer to the top of the SEC than the last 2 years, a very promising WR and TE tandem, a RB that did very well vs LSU, and who could turn out to be a 1st round pick at LT.