Ole Miss DT says beating Alabama is 'almost expected'
Nick Saban has some early bulletin board material that may help his team overcome whatever bout of complacency the defending national champs could encounter.
They say winning breeds confidence. Well, Ole Miss sophomore DT Breeland Speaks has certainly built plenty of it with the Rebels’ two straight wins over the Crimson Tide.
He told ESPN’s Edward Aschoff that “it’s almost expected.”
“It’s like how ‘Bama fans think they should beat Auburn every year, it’s kinda like we’re supposed to beat (Mississippi) State every year, we’re supposed to beat ‘Bama, we’re supposed to beat LSU,” Speaks said. “We got to get over that Arkansas hump, but … we’re supposed to win now and nothing less is going to be taken.”
The Rebels beat Bama its only loss 43-37 this past season after winning the previous meeting 23-17, notching back-to-back wins over the program for the first time in school history.
To put that success into perspective, those pair of wins account for two of the five combined losses for Alabama in SEC play over the last five seasons.
Alabama does lead the overall series with Ole Miss by a very comfortable margin (47-11-2), but we’ll see if coach Hugh Freeze and Co. can make it three straight against the Tide on Sept. 17 in Oxford.
The only other SEC team to even defeat Saban at Alabama two consecutive times was LSU in 2010 and 2011.