Alabama has been explosive, scoring 54 points per game, but the Rebels are averaging 61.5 points. Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu is a playmaker with a big arm. Alabama needs to get its ground game going now that SEC play is starting.
The Rebels rank dead last in the SEC in scoring and total defense. Alabama isn’t as stout as in the past, but still allows just 10.5 points per game. Isaiah Buggs and the guys up front will be turned loose on pass rush.
Ole Miss hasn’t missed a field goal. Alabama can’t say the same, and has missed three extra points so far. Joseph Bulovas may be the answer, and UA is strong in the return game. Ole Miss is explosive on kickoff returns.
The Crimson Tide has two new coordinators, including Tosh Lupoi on defense, but the machine keeps rolling under Nick Saban, college football’s apex predator. Ole Miss is working through difficult times, and Matt Luke has kept the Rebels together in his second season.
Ole Miss beat Alabama twice in a row in 2014 and ’15, the only such instance in a rivalry that dates back to the 1890s, and came close to extending it to three in a row. Alabama turned things back around, winning by 63 last year.
Alabama 49, Ole Miss 21
This looks like it could be a shootout, but Alabama has far too much ammunition for it to stay close. This might not be a vintage Nick Saban defense, at least not yet, but the Crimson Tide is more equipped to make stops than Ole Miss.