This game is steeped in rivalry and tradition that goes back to 1894, and the two teams have played 55-times since then. Alabama leads the series 44-9-2.
However, Ole Miss would love to be the spoiler to the Crimson Tide and SEC rivalries like this were made to defy the odds.
You can bet there will be plenty of Alabama fans bringing their own style of tailgating to the Oxford, Miss. Campus.
The Grove is legendary in tailgating lore. The tiny Mississippi town of Oxford is right out of a John Grisham novel. It’s what you’d picture when you think of the south, but maybe atypical for game day Saturday anywhere else in the country.
Ten acres of green space where student matriculate during the week, transforms into a tent city over night for 24 hours of tailgating. No cars are allowed, but thousands of fans from all over the southeast show up in their best attire.
Yes, no cutoffs and tee-shirts. This is the social event of the fall for every Rebel home game, where people go from tent to tent socializing as only southerners do. The Alabama campus is the same, so visiting fans will be right at home.
No open flame is allowed, so this changes the menu somewhat. But it is a cocktail party atmosphere, and bar food, picnic-style sandwiches, okra, southern style is the food of the day. The University even offers a catering service that you can call ahead for.
And a couple of hours before game time, everyone lines a brick sidewalk for The Walk of Champions, where the team makes its way to the stadium, with fist bumps, chest bumps and rootin’ for the Rebs. Here is the traditional Hotty Toddy yell from Ole Miss.
Hell yes! Damn Right! Hotty Toddy, Gosh almighty, Who the hell are we, Hey! Flim Flam, Bim Bam OLE MISS BY DAMN!