Last year it was Mississippi, equipped with hot-shot quarterback Jevan Snead and the schedule break of getting Alabama at home.
Ole Miss, led by the old Arkansas coach, Houston Nutt, started the season No. 8 in the Associated Press poll and No. 10 in the USA Today coaches’ poll.
It didn’t quite work out as planned, as Mississippi had already dropped a tough road game at South Carolina before Alabama came to Oxford and left with a 22-3 win.
Ole Miss finished 4-4 in the SEC, 9-4 overall after a Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State. The Rebels ended up No. 20 and 21 in the two major polls.