Ole Miss had high hopes when traveling to Tuscaloosa to take on defending national champion Alabama, having won five straight dating back to last year.
However, the Crimson Tide humbled the Rebels 25-0, ending a streak of 151 Ole Miss games with a score dating back to 1998.
Mississippi State can relate.
The Bulldogs ventured across the state line last season undefeated at 7-0 but not even a “We Believe” social media campaign was enough to dethrone Alabama in a 38-7 loss.
Now the 24th-ranked Rebels must regroup for another road test, against Auburn at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.
“We have a difficult stretch of games and we can’t let this one get us next week,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said after the loss to the Tide. “We have to go back and put it in the trash can tomorrow after we watch it and move on.”
Auburn is 3-1 on the year with all of its wins coming at home. The Tigers were off this past weekend following a 35-21 road loss to LSU on Sept. 21.
Following the trip to the plains, the Rebels will have a string of six straight at home in Oxford. In fact, Ole Miss will not leave Mississippi the rest of the regular season, with its final remaining road game being the Egg Bowl.
MSU (2-2) also enjoyed a bye week over the weekend prior to its 6 p.m. ESPN showdown with LSU (4-1) in Starkville on Saturday. The Bulldogs were given a three-day weekend off by coach Dan Mullen.
During his Sunday teleconference, Mullen said the utilization plan for quarterbacks Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott would be determined during the week.
“It’s always going to change from game-to-game,” Mullen said. “We’ll figure that out on game day when we have the final plan ready for LSU. But I do feel a lot more comfortable now that Dak has a couple of starts under his belt. Having two starting quarterbacks is a good problem to have. I feel pretty comfortable with both guys.”