This Week’s Audio
ESPN’s GameDay originates from Tuscaloosa today. A few quick notes.
– This is the second straight week (Oregon-Michigan State) College GameDay will make a return trip to a game it was at last year – both the opposite site from last year.
– This is the seventh time College GameDay has gone to Tuscaloosa since Nick Saban became head coach, with the Crimson Tide 5-2 in those games, including a current three-game winning streak.
– Lee Corso is 16-7 when picking Alabama, including a victory in Week 1 (vs. Wisconsin) this season.
– The 23 times Corso has picked Alabama represents the most times he has put on a team’s headgear. He has picked against a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team five times, with a 1-4 record in those games.
– This is the third time in the last 12 months College GameDay will originate from the site of an Ole Miss game — after never originating from one prior to it.
– Corso picked against the Rebels both times in the previous 12 months, including when the Rebels upset the Crimson Tide in Oxford and when LSU beat Ole Miss 10-7 in Baton Rouge.
From the Mother Ship, Evan Engram is focused on winning, not his own numbers.
No. 15 Ole Miss at No. 2 Alabama
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)
Kickoff: 8:15 p.m.
Radio: Ole Miss Network, Sirius 115, XM 191.
Records: Alabama 2-0, Ole Miss 2-0.
Series: Alabama leads 47-10-2
Coaches: Alabama – Nick Saban 179-59-1 20 seasons, 88-17 ninth season at Alabama. Ole Miss – Hugh Freeze, 56-22, seventh season overall; 26-15 fourth season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders: Alabama – RB Derrick Henry 31-243, 6 TDs. QB Jake Coker 30-for-47 passing, 427 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT. WR ArDarius Stewart 10 catches, 65 yards, 0 TD. LB Reggie Ragland 16 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 pressure. Ole Miss – RB Jaylen Walton 9-103, 2 TD. QB – Chad Kelly 29-for-40 passing, 557 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT. WR Laquon Treadwell 9 catches, 117 yards, 0 TD. DL Breeland Speaks 11 tackles, 1-2 TFL, 1 pressure.
Trends: Ole Miss is 1-25 in games played in Tuscaloosa, the victory coming 22-12 in 1988.
Notes: Ole Miss is the first SEC team ever to surpass 73 points in back-to-back games and the first team from any conference to do that since Houston in 1968. … Ole Miss has surpassed 600 yards in each of the first two games. … Due to a scheduling quirk a couple of years ago Ole Miss will be playing at Alabama for the third time in four seasons. … This is Alabama’s SEC home opener. Nick Saban is 12-1 in such games including 8-0 at Alabama.
Summing it up: “It breeds confidence, and it shows that what we’re doing is working. We’ll continue to do it.” – Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell on the Rebels’ tempo offense
Prediction: Alabama 23, Ole Miss 20