Sorry Lane Kiffin, the popcorn comes later for this Alabama team
The Ole Miss Rebels lasted about as long as Facebook on a Monday in Saturday’s blowout loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Lane Kiffin was right about one thing: You should get your popcorn ready—for later in season.
The speeding locomotive carrying the defending national champions doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
Ole Miss was supposed to be the Joe Frazier to Alabama’s Muhammad Ali—that one team that could dance with them under the bright lights and mirror their offensive firepower. They did it once before last season and garnered respect in a losing effort.
But some believed the second time might be different with the Ole Miss roster more mature and seemingly more improved. It was only a couple weeks ago that quarterback Matt Corral surpassed Alabama quarterback Bryce Young on the list of Heisman favorites.
Throw in the fact that the Rebels had an entire week off and it was sure to be trouble at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
And yet, the game was already over by halftime.
The Crimson Tide exploded to a 28-0 lead before closing the show with a 42-21 victory to put the rest of the SEC on notice.
We’ve reached the part of the season where the real contenders are slowly starting to show themselves. Alabama is clearly on a collision course with Georgia before it’s all said and done.
Coach Nick Saban will sing the praises of the Crimson Tide’s Week 6 opponent, Texas A&M, like he should, but they’re also a team coming off back-to-back losses a few weeks after fighting for their lives to beat Colorado. I wouldn’t exactly count them among the teams with a realistic shot of actually knocking off Alabama, even if the game is on the road.
Mississippi State can’t run the football, and Tennessee is an accident waiting to happen. Meanwhile, LSU can’t convert on third down, and their starting quarterback, sophomore Max Johnson, has been pancaked more times than an IHOP griddle.
The unbeaten Tide could keep on rolling into late November.
That’s when it’ll be safe to grab your favorite stovetop kernels, coconut oil, a little Ghee butter and some sea salt. It’ll be the point when Arkansas and Auburn come up on the schedule, followed by another possible SEC Championship game and playoff appearance.
But keep the WWE-like promos coming, by all means. Kiffin nearly killed a headset during his popcorn comments over the weekend, and Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said his Aggies were going to “beat Saban’s ass” back in May. Who doesn’t love a little hype and drama, even if it’s all in fun, before games?
But reality has to set in at some point, and many of these coaches might look up at the scoreboard wondering what in the world they were thinking.
Just ask Kiffin.