Game Day: Ole Miss at Alabama

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821) Tuscaloosa

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Television: ESPN

Radio: Ole Miss Network; Sirius 112, XM 199

Records: Ole Miss 3-0, 1-0 SEC; Alabama 3-0, 1-0 SEC

Series: Alabama lead 46-9-2

Coaches: Alabama – Nick Saban 170-13 eighth season at Alabama, 161-55-1 18th season overall. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 40-13, fifth season overall; 10-6 second season at Ole Miss.

Statistical Leaders: Alabama – RB T.J. Yeldon 49-273 2 TDs. QB David Ash 30-for-78 passing, 702 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT. WR Christion Jones 12 catches, 149 yards, 1 TD. LB C.J. Mosley 28 tackles, 2 pressures. Ole Miss – RB Jeff Scott 35-330, 2 TD. QB Bo Wallace 56-for-87 passing, 648 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT. WR Laquon Treadwell 16 catches, 154 yards, 0 TD. LB Serderius Bryant 26 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack.

Trends: Ole Miss has lost nine straight in the series, last winning 43-28 in Oxford in 2003 when Eli Manning was a senior. … The Rebels have won in Tuscaloosa just once, 1988, when Billy Brewer’s Rebels spoiled an Alabama homecoming. … The Rebels’ current five-game win streak is their longest since winning eight straight between 2008 and 2009. … Ole Miss has won its first two road games of the season for the first time since 1999.

Notes: Jeff Scott’s 73-yard punt return against Texas has Ole Miss second in the nation in punt return average at 29.7 yards per attempt. … Scott is also averaging 9.4 yards per rush. … Ole Miss is playing in Tuscaloosa in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1931-1932. … The Rebels have played 11 true freshmen this season, tied for 10th-most in Division 1. Five of those freshmen were starters against Texas. … Ole Miss is 0-9 when playing against the No. 1-ranked team. … Six times from 1960-1964 the Rebels were ranked No. 1 and went 5-1 in those games. … Ole Miss’ 41-24 win over then-No. 24 Mississippi State last November snapped a 13-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

Summing it up: “I think we’ll see the traditional Alabama tough defense, the 3-4 and the 4-2-5 playing their assignments and doing their job, bringing the exotic blitzes that he likes to bring on certain downs.” – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze

Prediction: Alabama 34, Ole Miss 28

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Killer_Beeze

    Protect Bo Wallace, score lots of points and play smart defense defense defense! Do that and the Rebels will be 4-0.

  • Kelly

    Kickoff is 5:36pm per

  • Cid Riley

    Bama will dominate the Sharkfins..early, middle and late…Bama 53 Fins 6.

  • The Ghost of Col. Reb

    You were terribly wrong at Texas PA. I bet you are wrong today.

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