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College Football Playoff: Somehow, Ole Miss wins for losing
College Football Playoff: Somehow, Ole Miss wins for losing

Until this week there was no question about the greatest defeat in the history of Mississippi football. It is etched in Rebels lore: Oct. 4, 1969. That was the night Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning was magnificent in a 33-32 loss to Alabama at Birmingham's Legion Field. Manning passed for 436 yards and ran for 104 while accounting for five touchdowns. It wasn't enough, though, as the Rebels were undone by Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide in a nationally televised game. Who knew, 45 years later, that another Ole Miss loss might have as much gravitas? It didn't look like party time last Saturday when Mississippi pulled out of Baton Rouge, La., after a 10-7 loss to...

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