Uga used to see the Rebels more often.
Georgia and Ole Miss meet for the 45th time on Saturday afternoon in Athens. The Bulldogs hold a 31-12-1 record in the series, which saw the programs meet annually from 1966 to 2002.
The yearly meetings ended as the SEC transitioned to only one cross-divisional rival in 2003. But for the first ten years following the conference’s 1992 expansion, the Bulldogs and Rebels served as each other’s second permanent cross-divisional opponent.
A new mascot, but an old rival for Ole Miss this week.
The other permanent opponents from 1992 to 2002 included Alabama-Vanderbilt, Arkansas-Tennessee, Auburn-Florida, LSU-Kentucky and Mississippi State-South Carolina. The schedule featured only one rotating cross-divisional opponent.
With the SEC’s most recent expansion and its election to stay at eight conference games, the schedule has reverted back to only one rotating cross-divisional opponent this year and going forward. However, discussions have taken place about a possible nine-game conference schedule, which would allow two rotating cross-divisional opponents if adopted.
Will the blue hats ever show up in Alabama?
The lone win for Ole Miss over the Crimson Tide in the state of Alabama came in Tuscaloosa in 1988 to break an 0-23-1 streak. Since then the Rebels have lost 10 consecutive games to the Tide in Alabama for the mark to fall to a horrendous 1-33-1. The tie came in Birmingham in 1933.
Alabama hasn’t lost to Ole Miss since Manning and former head coach David Cutcliffe were in control in Oxford almost a decade ago.
Ole Miss hasn’t defeated Alabama at all since Eli Manning was under center in 2003, putting Alabama’s current winning streak over the Rebels at 8 games. Its longest streak in the series is 12.
As new Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze tries to change the culture around his football program, he can forget about winning in Alabama tomorrow night against the top-ranked team in the country.
#5 Ole Miss lost to #3 Texas 12-7 in the 1962 Cotton Bowl
Texas is making its first trip to Oxford, Miss., this Saturday at 9:15 pm EDT. The Longhorns hold a 5-0 overall record against Ole Miss, winning three in Austin, Texas, and two in bowl games — the 1962 Cotton Bowl and the 1966 Bluebonnet Bowl.
The 1962 Cotton Bowl saw 3rd-ranked Texas, the SWC champion led by head coach Darrell Royal, defeat the 5th-ranked Rebels 12-7. It was Ole Miss’, led by head coach Johnny Vaught, first loss in a bowl game since 1955 and the Longhorns’ first bowl win since 1953. Texas finished the 1961 regular season behind #1 Alabama and #2 Ohio State.
The two programs also met in the 1966 Bluebonnet Bowl
Ole Miss and Texas met again after the 1966 regular season in Houston’s Bluebonnet Bowl in December with the Longhorns winning 19-0. The Bluebonnet Bowl existed from 1959-1987 with many participants coming from the Southwest and Southeast regions. Originally played at Rice Stadium, it moved to Astrodome in later years.