One should always respect their opponent. Lack of that attribute can bring about a team's demise in the most unlikely places.
Luckily for me, I'm not play Mississippi, and I seriously doubt Oxford, MS is one of those places.
Even with a fully-loaded roster it would take a flawless performance for the Rebels to upset Alabama.
Instead, one of the worst teams in the SEC is riddled with suspensions as a side dish to their terrible play on the field.
So what does Mississippi need to bring the fight to Alabama?
First, they need a Delorean, and not just any Delorean.
They need one with a flux capacitor and the proper amount of plutonium.
Well, Mississippi needs to either just go back in time so they don't have to play Alabama today or to travel back and retrieve a better Rebel team from years' past.
In fact, that time machine would serve them well in the next thing they will need.
Once the Delorean has been secured, perhaps they can bring back Archie or Eli to quarterback this edition of the Rebels.
Actually, why not try and secure the talents of Peyton as well.
According to current Mississippi quarterback Randall Mackey:
"Alabama is just Alabama," Mackey told the Clarion-Ledger. "They've got a real good defense from the D-line to the secondary. There are still, I'm not going to say weaknesses, you know, they ain't Superman. So they can be beat."
Mackey may indeed be right, but something tells me that he doesn't possess the kryptonite needed to slow down the Crimson Tide.
Personally, I like to think of this Alabama team as Batman. They are human and flawed, but extremely powerful and have a dark side.
Sticking with the Star Wars theme brought up prior to the Alabama game against Florida, I present to you Admiral Ackbar.
Yes, Ackbar was sought after by some Ole Miss students to become the school's mascot in place of Colonel Rebel.
Instead, the Rebel Black Bear won.
Still, that doesn't mean that this edition of the Rebels couldn't benefit with help from the Rebel Alliance.
If Admiral Ackbar could lead a charge to take down the Galactic Empire, then I am sure he could lead the Rebels in a successful charge against Lord Saban.
Let's be honest: This is a down year for the SEC.
While the top two teams in the nation may reside in the conference's western division, overall, things aren't that spectacular.
Ole Miss can often times be a pesky team for Alabama, but unless the Crimson Tide have a breakdown of ULM in 2007 proportions, then I doubt we'll see any surprises in Oxford.
Alabama will respect Mississippi on Saturday, but as far as I can see, neither the fans nor the media feel that Houston Nutt's boys have any shot at pulling the upset.