Ole Miss Dreams Die in Death Valley…..Again

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Not since Billy Cannon’s run in 1959 have Ole Miss fan’s hopes been so dashed. And the game was so eerily similar, even right down to the score. The Rebels led the Tigers 7-3 for most of the game Saturday night, which was the final score in 1959. It looked as though Ole Miss would get revenge, and by the same score which defeated them oh so many years ago…..”how fitting” the Ole Miss fans were surely thinking. But just as on that Halloween night 55 years ago, the game evaporated into the night air of the bayou which has haunted Mississippi so many times before.  LSU’s powerful running game and stout defense was the difference, allowing the Tigers to overcome  4 costly turnovers.  But all is not lost for Ole Miss. The Rebels can still win the SEC West by winning out. LSU, in spite of two losses, jumps to #6 in this week’s Billingsley Report, one spot ahead of Ole Miss. The Tiger’s two losses have come at the hands of #1 Mississippi State and # 5 Auburn, both of whom Ole Miss has yet to play. If the Rebels can accomplish what LSU couldn’t, win over Mississippi State and Auburn, Ole Miss will find themselves right back in the mix for a National Championship. Oregon is the highest rated one loss team in the Billingsley Report, followed by Alabama. The College Football Selection Committee releases their first Top 25 ranking this Tuesday at 6:30 PM CT on ESPN. It will be interesting to see how the nation’s one loss teams fare in the decision making process. Oregon, Alabama, Ole Miss and Notre Dame are just a few among a host of teams who could certainly make a case for the #3 and #4 positions.