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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.

Ole Miss travels to New Orleans Saturday to take on Tulane, a founding member of the SEC in 1932-1933. After sharing the SEC title with Alabama in 1934, #13 Tulane defeated #3 Temple 20-14 in the inaugural Sugar Bowl played on Jan. 1, 1935. The Green Wave finished 10-1 with its only loss to Colgate. It defeated current SEC members Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Kentucky and LSU as well as former members Georgia Tech and Sewanee in 1934.

Tulane won three SEC championships — 1934, 1939 and 1949 — before leaving the conference in 1966. That’s still more than founding members Kentucky (2) and Mississippi State (1) have today.

Ole Miss leads the series with Tulane 42-28, and has played the Green Wave more than any other program outside the SEC. The Rebels defeated Tulane 27-13 in 2010.

Alabama 52, Arkansas 0

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Florida 37, Tennessee 20

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Texas 66, Ole Miss 31

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#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.

Jack Crowe and John L. Smith meet before this year’s Jacksonville State/Arkansas game (Credit: Mark Wagner)

Jack Crowe has been the head coach at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., since 2000, compiling a record of 81-52 with three Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) championships and three trips to the NCAA Football Championship Series (FCS) playoffs. The 65-year-old Crowe was born in Birmingham, Ala., and has deep roots in the SEC. He was the head coach at Arkansas (1990-1992) when the Razorbacks entered the conference with South Carolina in 1992.

Crowe at Arkansas’ first SEC Media Days in 1992

However, Crowe coached only one game for Arkansas as an SEC member, resigning after the Razorbacks dropped their 1992 opener to The Citadel, a I-AA football program. He recorded an overall mark of 9-15 at Arkansas, finishing 8th in the old Southwest Conference (SWC) in 1990 and T-2nd in 1991, losing to Georgia in the Independence Bowl. Arkansas athletic director and former head football coach Frank Broyles was known for feuding with his coaches, and a Crowe and Broyles feud led to Crowe’s resignation.

Joe Kines, Arkansas’ defensive coordinator and another coach with deep ties to the SEC (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia), served out 1992 as Arkansas’ interim head coach, finishing the season at 3-7-1 and 3-4-1 in conference. Kines’ Razorbacks defeated fellow newcomer South Carolina 45-7 in his first game as interim head coach and finished the season by defeating LSU 30-6 in their first meeting since the 1966 Cotton Bowl. Kines stayed on as new head coach Danny Ford’s assistant head coach and defensive coordinator in 1993 and 1994.

Crowe had SEC ties long before Arkansas’ entrance in 1992, serving as Auburn’s offensive coordinator from 1982-1985 under head coach Pat Dye. He then, ironically, served under Danny Ford as Clemson’s offensive coordinator from 1986-1988 before leaving for Arkansas in 1989 to serve as offensive coordinator under Arkansas head coach Ken Hatfield.

And in “As the Coaching World Turns,” Hatfield, who won SWC championships in 1988 and 1989, left his alma mater Arkansas also after alleged feuds with Broyles. Hatfield accepted the head coaching position at Clemson without visiting Clemson’s campus, replacing Ford in 1990.

Got all of that? Hatfield replaced Ford, who eventually took over Hatfield’s former position.

Meanwhile, Crowe took the Jacksonville State head coaching job, an FCS (I-AA) position, in 2000 after a stint as Baylor’s offensive coordinator and that’s where he remains today. Two years ago, Crowe experienced the other side of his 1992 defeat to The Citadel as Jacksonville State opened the 2010 season with a 49-48 overtime victory over Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.┬áThe coaching world truly comes full circle.

Arkansas, with another interim head coach in John L. Smith, defeated Crowe’s Jacksonville State 49-24 to open the 2012 season before losing to Louisiana-Monroe last week.

In the only meeting between Georgia and Missouri, the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 14-0 in the 1960 Orange Bowl. Led by future NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton at quarterback, Georgia claimed the 1959 SEC Championship at 10-1 overall in the regular season and was awarded a berth in the Orange Bowl. However, #2 Ole Miss and #3 LSU, both ranked higher than Georgia though the Bulldogs had a better conference record, re-matched in the Sugar Bowl with the Rebels claiming a 21-0 victory, avenging their only loss of the season and finishing second nationally behind Syracuse.

Tarkenton cuts it loose against Missouri in the 1960 Orange Bowl. (Credit:

Meanwhile in Miami, #5 Georgia met #18 Missouri, which was 6-5 overall and second in the then-Big 7 to Oklahoma.

It was Georgia head coach Wally Butts’ last of four SEC championships as he would retire following the 1960 season. Missouri was led by second-year head coach Dan Devine, who would lead the Tigers until 1970 before leaving for the Green Bay Packers and later Notre Dame. Butts’ overall record in 21 years at Georgia was 140-86-9, marking him second in wins behind Vince Dooley, while Devine finished with a 93-37-7 record (.704 percentage) in 13 years at Missouri.

Ironically, Devine was in his last game as Notre Dame’s head coach in the 1981 Sugar Bowl when the Bulldogs beat the Irish 17-10 to claim the 1980 national championship.

Another notable SEC name on Georgia’s 1960 Orange Bowl team was former Auburn head coach and Augusta, Ga., native Pat Dye, who performed for the Bulldogs as a first-team all-SEC lineman.