The SEC West champion has come out of the state of Alabama six times in the past seven seasons. No. 19 Ole Miss (7-2, 4-1 SEC) is hoping that’s good karma for the Rebels, who finished off a sweep of the state by defeating Auburn, 27-19, on Saturday.
“It was a good SEC fist fight,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in his postgame interview on the Ole Miss IMG Sports Network. “You go on the road in this conference, and that’s what it’s going to be. This time of year, you just try to find a way to win them. I believe our kids just said we’re the Alabama state champs. We swept Alabama this year.”
The Rebels’ players were celebrating the feat in their locker room and could be overheard by the media awaiting postgame availability, according to Parrish Alford of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
Ole Miss senior linebacker C.J. Johnson even took to Twitter to celebrate the big win, as he poked some fun at a former Mississippi State marketing slogan.
And THE OLE MISS REBELS ARE THE ALABAMA STATE CHAMPS ☺️☺️☺️ #ThisisOurSTATE
— C (@24Hour_Ent) October 31, 2015
It was the first time a team has beaten both Alabama and Auburn in the same season since Texas A&M did it in 2012. It was also the first time in Ole Miss history to defeat both schools on the road. The Rebels defeated the Crimson Tide 43-37 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sept. 19.
“We’ve done a lot of (firsts) in our three and half years,” Freeze said. “I’m excited for our kids, our staff, our fans. Gotta go get ready for another tough one though.”
Ole Miss will play host to Arkansas on Nov. 7. The Rebels are still in control of their own destiny in the SEC West.Read more: