Ole Miss Continues to Troll Tennessee Football Online

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    Ole Miss is using social media to troll Tennessee before their prime time game on Saturday. Photo via @OleMissFB on Twitter.

    Thursday marks the second instance of Ole Miss trolling Tennessee football on Twitter this week.

    Leading up to the primetime game in Neyland Stadium between the Vols and the Rebels, the excitement around the game has grown each day. On Monday, Tennessee announced that #CheckerNeyland would return for the first time since 2017. Then, on Tuesday, Tennessee announced its first sellout in Neyland Stadium since 2017 as well.

    But it hasn’t just been the off-the-field events that have the Tennessee fans fired up. In the last two weeks, Tennessee’s offense has scored a combined 107 points against Missouri and South Carolina. Meanwhile, the Vols’ defense has had nine takeaways in the last four games alone. From the play on the field, to the involvement of the Tennessee crowd, there are several reasons why this game has been hyped up so much.

    Over the course of the week, though, the Ole Miss Football Twitter account has decided to have some fun of their own. After the #CheckerNeyland announcement was made, the Rebels’ Twitter account was quick to react.

    The Rebels went with a “chess, not checkers” approach to counteract the excitement behind Tennessee’s iconic design.

    Then, on Thursday, the official University of Ole Miss Twitter account had its turn.

    The latest Twitter trend, centering around the red flags, is essentially to name a “red flag” type of statement. In this case, Ole Miss is trolling people who say that Tennessee has a superior experience.

    While it wasn’t so much a troll as much as it was strategy, former Tennessee and current Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin had a unique way of preparing his players for the environment on Saturday. Kiffin posted a video to Twitter of Tennessee’s song “Rocky Top” being played during the Ole Miss football practice this week.

    Even after both tweets from Ole Miss, Tennessee has yet to respond, react, or create their own social media post in the same fashion. Although, that doesn’t mean that Tennessee has been quiet on social media, either. Instead of making posts referencing Ole Miss, Tennessee’s posts have been all about their own players and getting the fans to the stadium.

    Tennessee (4-2, 2-1 SEC) will host No. 13 Ole Miss (4-1, 1-1 SEC) in Neyland Stadium this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The SEC Network will have the broadcast. Currently, the Vols are an underdog heading into the SEC showdown.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.