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Can Ole Miss Do It Again?

posted Sep 16, 2016, 8:28 AM by Austin James
Article by Dominic Lynd 

Alabama football is the standard of sports. The dynasty, the wins, the tradition. They have a stranglehold on the rest of the SEC and strike fear in the rest of the nation with unrivaled success. They have everything. They beat everyone, except one team. Alabama has not beaten Ole Miss since 2013. The Rebs have had everything go perfectly in their previous meetings with the Tide. Highlight after highlight, miracle after miracle. Bo Wallace, The Nkemdiche’s, Treadwell, and Cody Core are no longer there to produce these plays. The Rebels do, however, have one of the best quarterbacks in the country lacing up for them. No matter how bad Chad Kelly has been off the field, he’s lit up defenses with ease. This includes Bama, playing nearly perfectly in Tuscaloosa last year, with a rare game with no turnovers against a perennially frightening defense. 

Does Ole Miss pull the unheard of 3-peat against Bama? Alabama is still Alabama. They still lead the series vs Ole Miss 48-11-2. Though they don’t have Kirby Smart wrecking opposing offenses, Jeremy Pruitt is picking up where he left off. Lane Kiffin still leaves the opposing defensive coordinator scratching his head a few times per game. Most importantly, Saban still walks the sideline. The backfield lost the top two RBs and the starting QB, but Hurts, Scarbrough, and Damien Harris look like they can compete with anyone. Calvin Ridley, Ardarius Stewart, and OJ Howard headline the elite group of ball catchers in crimson. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Eddie Jackson, Reuben Foster, and Timmy Williams are among the nation's elite players, but hardly even stand out on one of college football’s historic defenses. Ole Miss will not beat Alabama this year. The clock will hit 0:00 with the Alabama section shouting “We just beat the hell out of you,” 30-13 Bama.