Lane Kiffin needed only one line to illustrate how much the game between No. 12 Ole Miss and No. 1 Alabama means to him.
Kiffin took a pregame interview with CBS Sports sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl moments before the game and only took one question: what notes he had to give Nick Saban’s defense fits. He gave an all-time answer, and an all-time mic drop:
It’s clear Kiffin was honed in, as he didn’t even let Erdahl get her next question in before tossing his headphones off and jogging back to his sideline.
Kiffin is aiming to become the first former Saban assistant to beat him in 24 tries. Alabama’s offensive coordinator from 2014-16 had a great first attempt in 2020, giving the Crimson Tide no shortage of problems in what ultimately was a 63-48 defeat in Oxford.
The Rebels got the ball first, but couldn’t manage to score on their first possession of the game. That said, Kiffin showed no hesitation to be aggressive against the Tide defense, going for it on fourth down three times on the drive. Ole Miss’ final attempt was thwarted after running back Jerrion Ealy was stopped a yard short on fourth-and-1 at the Alabama 6.
It was only one possession, but it shows Kiffin won’t be afraid to take it to the top-ranked team in the country. He has one of the country’s best quarterbacks in the country in Matt Corral, who he’ll need to have a great game if he wants to beat the Tide, led by their own star signal-caller in Bryce Young.
It all points to what should be an exciting game.
As Kiffin said, “Better get your popcorn ready.”
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