The Alabama Crimson Tide suffered its first loss of the 2014 season to an inspired team on an historic day in Oxford. It was a day of firsts for Ole Miss fans…one they won’t ever forget.
Ole Miss was the better team, as Bama’s offense sputtered following devestating injuries to runningback Kenyan Drake and center Ryan Kelly. The story of the game was once again turnovers for the Tide, as receiver/returner Christion Jones put the ball on the turf twice on kick-off returns. Only once did Bama have to pay for that transgression, and oh did they ever so dearly.
Bo Wallace did what quarterbacks do against Bama on special, rare occasions. The good-to-average (at best) QB had a career day, tossing three touchdowns to lead his school to victory. Somewhere a former quarterback named Garcia was having flashbacks, no doubt.
As bitter as the taste of defeat is for Alabama fans, the season isn’t over by any stretch. No one in this league is going undefeated this season. The SEC West is ridiculous this year, with (oddly) LSU appearing to be one of the weaker sisters in the division.
We’ll find out more next week when Mississippi State tangles with Auburn, but from where I’m sitting, I don’t want any piece of the Bulldogs right now. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but the Egg Bowl might be the entry way to the SEC Championship Game in 2014. These two teams from Mississippi appear to be that good.
So next Alabama will lick its wounds, endure the sneers from want-to-be fans for suffering every team’s inevitable loss this season, and move on to Arkansas next week. We’ll see what happens. But counting Alabama out of the race this early is just premature. I seem to remember a Florida team in 2008 who suffered an early season loss to Mississippi as well. They turned out okay.