The Alabama-Ole Miss betting line opened with 7-2 Bama, a 14-point pick over 8-1 Ole Miss at Oxford. The betting line moved to 12 points, meaning most bettors were putting their money on the Rebels. The lopsided point spread caught the Clevelands off guard. This week’s podcast includes that discussion, plus much, much more football talk on the college, professional and high school levels.

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Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Rick has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year, and is recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.

Tyler Cleveland is a senior reporter for Scorebook Live and the co-host of Mississippi Today's Crooked Letter Sports Podcast.