You can start looking back through the history in any year you want, but let's stay recent.
In 2014, Hugh Freeze's Ole Miss reached 7-0 and No. 3 in the country, the Rebels' highest ranking in 50 years.
Two weeks later, they lost on the road at LSU, then lost in cruel fashion to Auburn, then got shut out by Arkansas, and finished with a catastrophic Peach Bowl against TCU.
In 2015, the Rebels knocked off Alabama for the second year in a row and made it to No. 3 again.
In their next six games, their three losses would include one of the ... I don't even know how to describe it right now. The Arkansas game.
In 2016, Ole Miss returned plenty of key figures who had led to four straight years of improvement under Freeze, including preseason All-SEC QB Chad Kelly. The Rebels roared to a 28-6 lead over No. 4 Florida State in Orlando, with its defensive linemen -- looking even more ferocious despite losing Robert Nkemdiche, thanks in part to a banged-up FSU line -- living in FSU QB Deondre Francois' personal space. With the annual win over Alabama set for just a couple weeks away, maybe this would be the year ...
The Noles adjusted to their overwhelmed blocking situation, moving Francois around in the pocket. He'd finish with a staggering 478 total yards and no interceptions against an Ole Miss secondary that suffered multiple key injuries during the night, completely outshining Ole Miss' veteran quarterback, who threw three picks. The Ole Miss running game, long an issue, averaged a scant 2.68 yards per carry against FSU's own talented defense, making it quite hard to preserve that big lead.
Call it a microcosm, if that feels right. This was the uncut Ole Miss experience, all at once.
However, this isn't a lost season. This was an out-of-conference game against one of the country's best teams. It was a massive missed opportunity, but every goal is still on the table. I'd advise against anyone hoping for any of them, considering how these things tend to go.
Francois, Florida State rookie starter, had a Jameis Winston-like debut. There’s no way around it.
Dalvin Cook dribbled a sure touchdown out of bounds, costing FSU four points. For a while, it looked like that might come into play at the end. Phew!
Don’t tell the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, because they need their first-round picks, but there’s another FSU Aguayo, who might be just as good as his big bro.
Jimbo Fisher describes his halftime speech as "bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep," etc. That's a quote, yes.
Nick Saban's Center for Carroll Assistants Who Can't Head Coach Good and Who Want to Learn to Do Other Stuff Good, Too adds Steve Sarkisian. Lane Kiffin replacement-in-waiting?
Remember when we all laughed at Charlie Strong for flying a convoy to Tulsa to hire a mid-major OC? Ain’t so funny now.
PPPOWER RANKING Big 12 candidates by nothing but how they’re doing on the field this season. It might get bad for you, Colorado State.
Podcasts! The Solid Verbal runs through everything Week 1 (is this a good time to remind you one co-host is a Notre Dame fan?), while the Shutdown Fullcast mostly just makes fun of the SEC.
Comparing the headlines from Texas A&M's and Texas' really similar Week 1 wins is actually pretty funny. I kind of get it, though.
Oh, come on. Texas had one of the biggest wins of the weekend, and it had the biggest recruiting commit, too.
Clemson’s DC says he got a tip about Auburn’s offense, and then Googled how to stop it. Guess Google works.