Can Lane Kiffin Improve His Record vs. Elite in SEC?

Can Lane Kiffin Improve His Record vs. Elite in SEC?
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Few college football coaches have done more to flip the script at their current school quite like Lane Kiffin has during his four years at Ole Miss.

Between Kiffin’s 30-14 (.682) record and a “New Year’s Six” bowl game berth in the 2021 Sugar Bowl, there’s no shortage of accolades to highlight what the former Tennessee and USC head coach has done in northern Mississippi.

For all those successes, however, Kiffin has yet to slay the SEC’s top end programs, posting a 4-7 record against teams ranked in the AP top 25 and a 9-13 mark against tough SEC foes such as Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.  

Through four years with the program, Kiffin has a 2-5 mark against AP top 10 teams, with his lone wins coming over No. 7 Kentucky in 2022 and No. 7 Indiana in the 2021 Outback Bowl.

Kiffin and the Rebels have a golden opportunity to right that script next Saturday afternoon, though, as they head to Athens to challenge the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs in the first matchup between the two SEC programs since Kiffin arrived in Oxford.

Between now and then, the Rebels are tasked with taking down a 5-3 Texas A&M squad that is coming off a 30-17 win over South Carolina. There are no legal Mississippi sports betting apps, but nationally oddsmakers from Caesars Sportsbook list Ole Miss as a 3-point favorite.

Ahead of that showdown, – your source for Mississippi sports betting - broke down Kiffin’s results against the SEC’s best since arriving in Oxford.

Kiffin vs. SEC’s Best

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Can Kiffin, Ole Miss Take Down Georgia?

The Rebels will have their hands full against an UGA squad that should be riding a 35-game win streak (excluding the SEC championship game). Georgia’s current win streak is the longest in the FBS, with three straight double-digit wins over Florida (43-20), Vanderbilt (37-20) and Kentucky (51-13).

While no lines have been released for the Nov. 11 showdown at Sanford Stadium, ESPN Analytics currently gives UGA a 70.1% chance of beating Ole Miss, showing how daunting of a task awaits Kiffin and company. Earlier this year, we compared Kiffin’s record against the spread to that of other SEC coaches.

For now, the Rebels must take care of business against the Aggies, which hasn’t been an issue in Kiffin’s previous two games against the College Station institution (going 2-0 and outscoring Texas A&M, 60-47, in those contests). With a win at home on Saturday, Kiffin and the Rebels will be set for a monumental battle against the two-time defending national champions, with a shot at history and redemption for the sport’s Icarus.  



Christopher Boan is a writer at specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.