Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium
Kickoff: 8:15 p.m.
Radio: Ole Miss Network; Sirius 94, XM 200
Records: Ole Miss 3-1, 0-0 SEC, Alabama 4-0, 1-0 SEC
Series: Alabama leads 48-9-2
Coaches: Alabama – Nick Saban 145-54-1, 17th season; 54-12, seventh season at Alabama. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 33-8, fourth season overall; 3-1 first season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders: Alabama – RB T.J. Yeldon, 40 carries, 254 yards, 2 TDs. QB A.J. McCarron 51-for-81 passing, 819 yards, 10 TD, 0 INT. WR Amari Cooper 9 catches, 138 yards, 1 TD. LB C.J. Mosley 29 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks. Ole Miss – RB Jeff Scott 31 carries, 268 yards, 3 TDs. QB Bo Wallace 55-for-86 passing, 717 yards, 7 TD, 4 INT. WR Donte Moncrief 19 catches, 343 yards, 4 TD. LB Mike Marry 22 tackles.
Trends: Alabama is 24-1 against Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa. The Rebels won in 1988. … Ole Miss has lost eight straight in the series, last defeating Alabama 43-28 in Oxford in 2003, Eli Manning’s senior season.
Notes: The Rebels have lost their last eight against ranked opponents, last winning against a ranked team by beating No. 18 Oklahoma State 21-7 in the Cotton Bowl following the 2009 season. … Ole Miss currently leads the SEC in rushing with 259.8 yards a game. … Nationally, the Rebels are No. 62 in passing offense but are in the top 30 in rushing, scoring and total offense. … RB Jeff Scott ranks fifth in the SEC in rushing (89.3 ypg) and WR Donte Moncrief ranks fifth in receiving (85.8 ypg). … Alabama is tied for third nationally in turnover margin at plus-2.50 per game. Ole Miss is 90th at minus-0.75. … Alabama freshman RB T.J. Yeldon became the school’s first freshman to rush for more than 100 yards in his debut game by getting 111 yards on 11 carries against Michigan.
Summing it up: “I see none. I’ve done this a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of good defenses, and there’s usually something you think you can attack like, ‘Hey if we get in this formation they’re unsound with this.’ I just don’t see it with them. You have to work hard to get 4 yards, and it shows in their stats. Look at their stats the last three or four years. They just don’t give up 400-yard games..” – Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner on vulnerable points within the Alabama defense
Prediction: Alabama 35, Ole Miss 11