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College Football: Alabama vs Ole Miss is bigger than rankings and playoffs

A rivalry in College Football is far more interesting than any other sport. The NBA gets exciting come playoff time, same for NHL, MLB and NFL but college is different. CFB is basically a one game season, if you’re lucky maybe two.

The top teams cannot afford to lose a game. You enter the season with plans to go undefeated and one loss can ruin your season. In 2014, Alabama and Ole Miss met in week 5 with both schools entering with an identical 4-0 record. Alabama was ranked No. 2 at the time and Mississippi No. 11. Both had dreams of a National Championship early on but a defeat could easily put an end to any title hopes.

Ole Miss in a 4th quarter comeback, led by QB, Bo Wallace shocked the Crimson Tide, all but ending any championship dreams for Alabama. A year later, it was billed as a rematch, a get back game but Ole Miss stopped the Tide’s momentum again, this time in week 3 as Ole Miss behind Cody Core and Jake Coker sent Alabama to their first loss of the season. But the Tide would have the last laugh as they would still finish the season as National Champs.

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Now, here we are again, headed for Round 3. Will Ole Miss be able to knock Alabama off for a third straight season or does the Tide had enough to finally put away any real rivalry talks?

To Ole Miss fans it’s a budding rivalry but to Tide fans, it’s just a school that has happened to beat them twice in a row. How can it be a rivalry when the outcome has been so lopsided throughout history with the Tide taking a 48-9-2 advantage.?What will happen Saturday will have major implications again as Ole Miss will enter with one loss and Alabama still undefeated.

Each team has their cornerstone players. The Tide will throw sensational freshman QB, Jalen Hurts and WR, Ardarius Stewart  on the field. The Rebels will counter with Evan Engram and Chad Kelly at the helm. While the Rebels have had the Tide’s number the last two years this game will become a blowout quick as Nick Saban will look to take no mercy, and offer no sign that the Rebels are on the level of the defending champs.

Robert D. Cobb
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