Ole Miss Football: Alabama Loss, Good News or Bad News?

Bohdi SandersContributor IIIOctober 11, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 11:  Head coach Houston Nutt of the Ole Miss Rebels waits to take the field with his team before playing the Tulane Green Wave at the Louisiana Superdome on September 11, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Well, the easy part of the schedule is over for the Rebels. The Ole Miss football team should be 5-0 going into Tuscaloosa on Saturday, but instead cruise into town at 3-2 after loses to Vanderbilt and Jacksonville State.

Is there even the slightest chance that the Rebels can beat Alabama?

When a great team loses unexpectedly, one of two things usually happens. They will come out the next weekend flat as a pancake and walk through the game. On the flip side of week after coin, they come out with a renewed determination to prove that their loss was a fluke.

How will the Crimson Tide respond to the heart-breaking loss to South Carolina last weekend? The answer to this question will determine if Ole Miss can stay in the game against Alabama or if this will be a nightmare weekend for Rebel fans.

Before the season started, I thought that the schedule was about a perfect as possible for the Rebels going into this game. They had five games, which should have been tune-ups to break in their defensive secondary, new O-line, and new QB. They also had a bye week before this big game.

But, as with many things in life, this did not turn out as planned.

The Rebels had bigger problems that it looked like on paper. Is the timing for this game is still right? Is it better for Ole Miss that Bama lost or would it have been better if they won? Does it make any difference?

Unless Ole Miss has spent their time off making some major adjustments on their defense, it may not matter how Alabama responds. But knowing Nick Saban and Greg McElroy, they will come out ready to play on Saturday. Hopefully, Houston Nutt has taken advantage of the extra time to get the Rebels ready.

The Rebels go to Alabama this week to face a top five ranked team with an attitude. Next week they go to Arkansas. Then Auburn comes to town. This could be one of the hardest three game stretches that any time in the country will face this year.

Having struggled so far this season, the bye week looks like it could be the calm before the storm. Hope the Rebels are ready!

Bohdi Sanders ~ www.TheWisdomWarrior.com