SEC Football: Five Most Anticipated Games of 2015 Season

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September 19: Ole Miss at Alabama

To me, this is the most intriguing SEC conference game. Hugh Freeze has done a remarkable job taking Drake’s wise words of “starting from the bottom” to heart. Ole Miss now has the talent to compete with anyone in the country. They proved that last season. This season, they go from being the hunter to the hunted. Alabama is out for revenge after losing last season at The Grove. Ole Miss will have to go through Tuscaloosa, and new quarterback Chad Kelly will be tested early in the season against Alabama.

Ole Miss started the 2014 season as one of the best teams in the country, but a late October loss to LSU sent the Rebels into a tailspin. The next game star receiver Laquon Treadwell suffered a broken leg on one of the most heartbreaking plays you will ever see in sports.

Ole Miss was ahead with two minutes left to play as Treadwell was tackled from behind and fumbled the ball at the goal-line. The play resulted in a season ending injury for Treadwell and catapulted Auburn to victory. Ole Miss went on to lose two of the next four including a trouncing by TCU in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The Rebels return much of their 2014 team, but the end of the 2015 schedule does them no favors. They cannot afford another late season demise playing against the likes of Auburn, Arkansas, LSU and Mississippi State. This early game against Alabama will help decide which path Ole Miss finds themselves on in 2015.

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