Can Ole Miss Finally Topple a Top 5 Team?

Can Ole Miss Finally Topple a Top 5 Team?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The Ole Miss Rebels have a shot to do something they haven’t accomplished in nearly a decade when they play at Georgia on Saturday. The Bulldogs are No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and No. 2 in the NCAA College Football Playoff rankings.

That feat of note is beating a Top 5 team, which the Rebels haven’t done since they upset Alabama, 43-37, in 2015 under then coach Hugh Freeze. Rebels fans will have to find a casino in the state Saturday to place a wager, though, as online Mississippi sports betting is not yet legal.

Since that night, the Rebels have lost 10 consecutive games against Top 5 competition, with two five-point defeats at the hands of the Crimson Tide representing the closest Ole Miss has come to success.

ESPN Bet lists Ole Miss as a 10.5-point underdog against Georgia. broke down how the Rebels have fared against Top 5 opponents since 2010.

Ole Miss Vs. Top 5 Teams

2021Lost to Alabama, 42-21
2020Lost to Florida, 51-35; Lost to Alabama, 63-48
2019Lost to Alabama, 59-31; Lost to LSU, 58-37
2018Lost to Alabama, 62-7; Lost to LSU, 45-16
2017Lost to Alabama, 66-3
2016Lost to Alabama, 48-43; Lost to Florida State, 45-34
2015Beat Alabama, 43-37
2014Beat Alabama, 23-17; Lost to Auburn, 35-31,Beat Mississippi State (31-17)
2013Lost to Alabama, 25-0
2012Lost to Alabama, 33-14
2011Lost to Alabama, 52-7; Lost to LSU, 52-3
2010Lost to Auburn, 51-31; Lost to LSU, 43-36
Total3-17 (.150)


Tough Road Ahead for Ole Miss, Kiffin

The Rebels and coach Lane Kiffin are looking to avenge what’s become a common trope in Oxford, their inability to step up to the plate and knock out a top-tier team when the opportunity arises. Earlier this year, we looked at Kiffin’s record against the spread in the SEC.

Ole Miss flopped against No. 13 Alabama, 24-10, for its only loss this season. Overall, the Rebels have lost 17 of their last 20 showdowns against teams ranked in the Top 5. Their only wins came against Alabama in 2014 and 2015 and then-No. 4 Mississippi State in 2014.

On Saturday night, Kiffin’s team will have a shot at ending Georgia’s 36-game regular season win streak between the hedges in Athens. Ole Miss is also looking to pull off its second straight win over the Bulldogs. The Rebels soundly defeated Georgia, 45-14, in their last meeting in 2016. That also was their first win over UGA since 1996.

We’ll know more come Saturday night, but for now, Kiffin and company have a massive challenge trying to get Ole Miss in position to compete against a scorching hot Georgia team that’s looking to “three-peat” as national champs. 



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.