By sistaff
October 18, 2011

By C.W. Sesno, SI.com

The game offered little promise of a thriller, but heading down to The Grove for Alabama-Ole Miss was always going to be about the experience. With a 5:00 p.m. CT kickoff, there was plenty of time to soak in all that Oxford had to offer. Hotty Toddy, gosh almighty, The Grove didn't disappoint. After travel delays put us on a 6:40 a.m. ET flight into Memphis, a long day awaited. By noon, The Grove was packed with fans from Tuscaloosa and Oxford alike. The drinking regulations were odd -- no 'alcohol' allowed, only spirits like whiskey and tequila -- but The Grove still produced a boisterous crowd.

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