Lane Kiffin is routinely asked about Alabama, even when Ole Miss is not playing Alabama. This week, the questions will come early and often.

In fact, Kiffin heard one from Cole Cubelic on SEC Network before he left the field on Saturday night after the win over Georgia Tech. And he was asked again in the post-game press conference.

“Well, it’s nice to know that Bryce won’t be there,” Kiffin said.

Kiffin twice in the last 2 weeks was asked about Steve Sarkisian’s time at Alabama, and how an early loss can impact the season

“Sometimes an early loss can be good,” Kiffin said on Wednesday. “Not Alabama week, but I’m getting Alabama questions already. But I think they’re going to be in a better position because it wasn’t an SEC game. An early loss sometimes over time has been really good and better than a late loss as we’ve seen in order to get in the Playoffs and things.”

Given Ole Miss’ undefeated start, and Alabama’s sloppy win over South Florida, there should be plenty of storylines entering the Rebels’ matchup with the Crimson Tide.