Ole Miss fans just take a minute and relax.
Lets reflect just a minute on what happened in Tuscaloosa and where we find ourselves so early in the 2015 season.
I wrote in my article before the game Saturday that Ole Miss had a chance to take a huge step forward with a win over #2 Alabama.
Basically Ole Miss has been struggling up Mt. Everest for the last 50 years and after all the blood, sweat and tears, you look up and hey…. We actually made it!
Ole Miss fans woke up sunday to a # 3 national ranking and #1 in most of the ESPN FPI metrics.
I understand there are hurdles coming up for the Rebs and they could lose this weekend against Vanderbilt, but seriously, just take a minute and think about what has happened.
As someone that has been a Ole Miss fan since I was old enough to decide such things, this is crazy. This is not supposed to happen.
Ole Miss is not supposed to have better talent than Alabama, they can’t compete with that budget, their facilities, their massive fanbase.
This is not just a fluke win either. Ole Miss has caught Alabama in a down year before and beat them up a little but this is not a one-hit wonder. This is not a down year for Alabama.
Ole Miss is not just good this year. They are elite. They are recognized as the best team in the best conference in college football for the first time in over 50 years.
An Ole Miss team is executing on offense and dominating on defense like I have never seen. It’s really hard for me to comprehend how fast the turn-around has been from 2011 to 2015.
The ball is just bouncing our way, the breaks are happening when we need them, which just goes to show you that luck favors the brave and the harder you work, the more “lucky” you get.
In years past, a play like the “Tuscaloosa Tip-Drill” would never, ever have happened.
The only way that play happens is because Adeboyejo somehow anticipated Kelly to blindly throw a pass to Treadwell after taking a bad snap and facing down two huge Alabama defensive lineman. Kelly didn’t fumble it, he didn’t throw it short, he didn’t weakly flip it to a player wearing crimson. (All things that would normally happen to an Ole Miss team in that situation.)
No, Adeboyejo ran ahead of Treadwell, thinking Kelly would likely overthrow the play somehow and it fell it his lap. A step to the left or the right and he probably bounces that ball around and it falls incomplete or is intercepted by a defensive back.
Quincy!? Why would you think that? Why would you take off running away from Kelly when you saw the trainwreck that was occurring on that play?
Look, I have no idea what is going on right now, but something is happening here.
Something that has never happened before.
Robert Nkemdiche said as much at the end of fall practice. He said, “This team is very different. The whole DNA and the whole aura of the team is just unusual. It’s very unorthodox, and the people on the team are coming together a lot more than I’ve ever seen, ever.”
The 6′-4″ 300 lb dream crusher of a defensive tackle continued his opine, “It’s more of a connection not a lot of football teams have. We’ve gotten to the point where we’re playing for the person next to us, not for the NFL or ourselves. We are playing so our brother can be happy.”
Rebel fans, when favor turns to you and it is your turn to stand on the mountain top, linger for a while. You will have to come back down at some point but while you are here, have a seat and cherish a moment that almost never happens to teams in Oxford.
This team is very different.