There’s only one team in existence that can say they’ve taken the measure of the Alabama Crimson Tide twice in the last two seasons, and it’s the Ole Miss Rebels. Now had this happened once, you could use words like fluke. When it happens twice and the underdog team shows no sign of being outclassed or outmatched on the field, something else is happening.
The only thing that can stop Ole Miss from taking that next step is, you guessed it, Ole Miss. They’ve stocked the cupboards very well and have become quite the recruiting powerhouse as of late, but it’s the same old thing again. A team gets really good, and just as quickly as they rise, an NCAA investigation pops up. Ole Miss has responded to the allegations and is awaiting the NCAA’s answer which is expected sometime in the fall. Meanwhile, top 10 recruiting classes in both 2013 and 2014 and top 20 classes in both 2014 and 2015 have the Rebels looking like one of the deepest teams in the country on paper.
Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche will all be playing on Sundays once football games start counting again, but the program has seen an increase in wins in each of the last five seasons culminating in last year’s total of 10. It’s hard to imagine them duplicating that again this season as they’ve added an opening weekend clash with the Florida State Seminoles to go along with their usual annual matchups with both Alabama and the LSU Tigers.
By the way, we haven’t even mentioned quarterback Chad Kelly will be returning to try and duplicate his 31 touchdowns and 4,042 passing yards from last season. It appears the gamble on this young man has paid off, and if the ball bounces their way like it often did last year, Ole Miss could be getting close to making their first ever trip to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship game.