Ole Miss’ loss Saturday to Division I-AA Jacksonville State, should not come as a surprise. There have been plenty of SEC teams who have had surprising losses to teams that were thought to be inferior; some were even within conference play. Here are just a small list of memorable losses of other SEC teams over the past few years that rank right at the top with the Rebels loss on Saturday.
Ole Miss Head Coach Houston Nutt
Ole Miss/Florida game 2008
The Tim Tebow lead Florida Gators thought to have had an easy win over the Ole Miss Rebels, but the Rebels had other plans. Lead by quarterback Jevan Snead, the Rebels shocked the Gators in Gainesville with a 4th and one stop of the Heisman Trophy winner.
That win was HUGE for an Ole Miss program seeking national respect but it also launch the Gators to their second national championship in three years and one of the most memorable speeches ever in college football history.
Former Auburn QB Chris Todd
The Tiger’s loss to the Commodores was a shocker because Vandy rarely wins these type of games. Vandy is known to play team’s tough but to actually pull out a victory like this, stunned the SEC.
Vandy would go on to have a winning record and go to a bowl game that season and the loss was the beginning of the end for not only the Tigers but their head coach Tommy Tuberville.
MSU Running Back Anthony Dixon
Ole Miss fans should take some comfort in knowing they aren’t the first team in their state to lose to a Division I AA school. Mississippi State did the trick in 2004 when they lost to the Maine Black Bears 9-7.
The Bulldogs helped the Black Bears with their sloppy play turning the ball over three times in Maine territory. Maine not only got the victory, but $350k as well; not bad for a days work. State just got embarrassed.
JSU Head Coach Jack Crowe
Long ago in a place called Fayetteville, Jack Crowe was the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. One game into the 1992 season, Crowe lost to the Citadel, 10-3, and lost his job that same day.
Even with Crowe being fired, it didn’t help the Hogs, they still finished that season with a 3-7-1 record so maybe it wasn’t Crowe after all. I think we found out Saturday, that Crowe can still coach.
As great as a head coach Nick Saban is, he has had his share of embarrassing loses and this was one of them. UAB, whom have never had that much success since turning Division I, probably had their biggest victory ever when they came into Baton Rouge and defeated the Tigers 13-10.
Both the Tigers and the Blazers went on to have winning seasons that year, but this wasn’t Saban’s most embarrassing loss as a head coach, that would come at Alabama.
Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban
Turnovers were the name of the game for Alabama. It was quite obvious that that the Tide didn’t take the Warhawks seriously and it showed.
The Tide had several opportunities to at least tie the game and send it to overtime, but a turnover at the end of the game spelled probably the most embarrassing losses in Alabama football history and in Nick Saban’s career.
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