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Time for Ole Miss, Mississippi State to shine

Ole Miss needs a strong game from QB Bo Wallace in its showdown with No. 3 Alabama. (AP photo)

Ole Miss needs a strong game from QB Bo Wallace in its showdown with No. 3 Alabama. (AP photo)

It’s Mississippi’s time to shine.

No, not just Ole Miss, but also Mississippi State.

This weekend’s football games involving the state’s SEC programs — No. 3 Alabama at No. 11 Ole Miss and No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 12 Mississippi State — are bringing both the Rebels and the Bulldogs to the forefront.

Two games. Four undefeated teams.

It’s the first time both Ole Miss and Mississippi State have played on the same day while ranked in the top 15 for first time since Sept. 29, 1958. And it helps that their opponents are also ranked.

“It’s going to be wild,” Ole Miss DL and former Grayson star Robert Nkemdiche told the AP this week. “Ole Miss has a great fan base. That’s one reason I came here. Rebel Nation is going to be rocking and we’re going to be locked in ready to go. I can’t wait.”

Saturday is much more than two football games, it could mark a turning point, a potential shift in power, in the SEC West.

Alabama is the biggest, baddest guy on the block, so an Ole Miss upset might mean that the Rebels, who are 4-0 for the first time since 1970, are ready to climb to the top of the division.

The Rebels’ success depends heavily on QB Bo Wallace’s ability to take care of the ball. He’s completing 71 percent of his attempts, but he’s already thrown six interceptions.

Mississippi State also revolves around its quarterback.

Dak Prescott has passed for at least 200 yards and rushed for 100-plus in each of the past three games, and he’ll need to do it again to help the Bulldogs keep pace with Texas A&M.

Now is the time for the SEC’s two Mississippi programs to serve notice to the conference and the nation.

 


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