How long can the Rebels keep this up?

Published 6:48 pm Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Good gracious almighty, last weekend was a shake up in the college football world.

Numbers 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 14, 15, 16 and 19 in the AP Poll crumbled under the weight of upsets. Utah threw on the of the luckiest Hail Mary passes I’ve ever seen, mainly because not a single USC Trojan defender did anything to deflect it. And Mississippi experienced the greatest weekend of college football in the state’s history.

Ole Miss and Mississippi State are now tied for No. 3 in the AP Poll. The Bulldogs devoured Texas A&M 41-30 in a game that was much more one-sided than the final score showed. Ole Miss performed a few miracles and knocked down the Crimson Tide 23-17. Both schools are 5-0 for the first time in history.

The Alabama vs. Ole Miss game was a funny one. I think the Crimson Tide should have won it, maybe not by a landslide, but at least by a 10-point spread. Running back T.J. Yeldon and the stunning wide receiver Amari Cooper were doing everything they could to make Alabama win that game. But despite their efforts, Ole Miss somehow managed to find the right holes, routes and seams to squeak by with a win.

To tie the bow, safety Senquez Golson intercepted the Tide’s touchdown attempt pass with 38 seconds left in the game.

I’ve always liked Ole Miss, if not because they’ve almost always been the underdog. The university’s traditions are fun and I enjoy the students’ and alumni’s’ festive dedication to the Rebels.

At the end of the day, I would say they deserved that win, though. Those fans, players and coaches have been waiting so long to be relevant. What better way to finally get a little spotlight than by overthrowing college football royalty—the Crimson Tide?

But the party may end quickly for the Rebels. Beating Alabama is one thing, but can they defeat Texas A&M, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, Arkansas and Mississippi State to finish out the season undefeated? The only cupcake they have left on their schedule is Presbyterian College.

If Ole Miss can finish the regular season undefeated, then they deserve a spot in the College Playoffs. Heck, they deserve to win it all.