Ole Miss football is headed to south Los Angeles. The team announced a home-and-home series with the University of Southern California on Monday.
Pairing two of the most iconic game day experiences in the nation with one another, the Rebels will face the Trojans at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2025, and the Grove will host the Angelenos in 2026.
This is the first time in history that the two teams will meet and it has the potential to be a real electric factory between two legendary, powerful-name programs in one of the more unique non-conference games in the NCAA.
Think of the aesthetic. We at the Cup often say that Ole Miss vs. LSU, and USC vs. UCLA are the two greatest visual matchups in college football. Now... imagine... Ole Miss is wearing the white jerseys with red numbers, grey pants and powder blue helmets and lines up for the kickoff across from the classic cardinal and gold Trojan home kits as the sun sets over the Los Angeles skyline on a perfect late summer evening in August.
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And then, a year later, flip the script. Imagine... College Gameday gears up at the Grove Stage as hungover, Rainbow flip-flop wearing, Reyn Spooner donned Trojans wander into the most glorious 10 acres in college football tailgating for a clash of culture that plays the perfect ying to Ole Miss’ southern hospitality yang. It is glorious.
Oh, and it would be remiss of us not to mention— it might be a REVENGE GAME!!!!
“USC will always be a special place to my family and me, and we were excited to finalize this series,” said Kiffin. “This will showcase two of college football’s greatest gamedays, and we look forward to this meeting down the road.”
If Lane Kiffin is the head coach at Ole Miss in 2025, he will have proven his ability to be a consistent winner in Oxford and will have turned down multiple Power 5 Conference offers to continue his reign in the SEC. Thus, should that scenario play out, it will be Kiffin’s first return to USC since he was let go on the Tarmac by former AD Pat Haden, and his first game against the Trojans as a head coach. He last faced his former school as the offensive coordinator at Alabama.
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Go ahead and grab your surfboard, schedule your botox appointment and order your Gucci Grove hat, Ole Miss is headed to LA. Shaka brah.