No. 2 Alabama at Ole Miss
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford
Kickoff: 5 p.m.
Radio: Ole Miss Network, XM 220; Sirius 199.
Records: Ole Miss 2-3, 0-2 SEC, Alabama 6-0, 3-0 SEC
Series: Alabama leads 47-9-2
Coaches: Alabama – Nick Saban, 155-70-1, 18th season overall, college and pro, 44-11 in fifth season at Alabama (Five wins vacated in 2007). Ole Miss – Houston Nutt 135-89 19th season; 24-19 fourth season at Ole Miss.
Statistical Leaders: Alabama – RB Trent Richardson 115-729 11 TDs; QB A.J. McCarron 98-for-156 passing 1,156 yards, 8 TD, 2 INT; WR Marquis Maze 31 catches, 355 yards, 1 TD; LB Dont’a Hightower 34 tackles, 4.5 TFLs. Ole Miss – RB Jeff Scott 68-350, 5 TD; QB Randall Mackey, 14-for-30 passing, 320 yards, 2 INT, 1 TD; WR Ja-Mes Logan 16 catches, 229 yards, 0 TD; LB Mike Marry 51 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 2 sacks.
Trends: Alabama has won seven straight in the series. The Rebels’ last win against Alabama was led by Eli Manning, a 43-28 decision in Oxford in 2003.
Notes: Brandon Bolden, suspended for this game, has 2,237 career rushing yards and needs 85 more to pass Dou Innocent for fifth place on the Ole Miss rushing list. … RB Jeff Scott leads the nation in punt returns with a 23.0-yard average and is fifth in the SEC in all-purpose yards at 144.6 yards a game. … Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC in kickoff coverage with a 48.3-yard net average. … Alabama is the second-least penalized team in the country, drawing just 2.83 penalty flags per game. … Eight Alabama players earned some sort of preseason All-America mention during the off-season. … The Alabama defense leads the nation in holding opponents to a three-and-out offensive series. It’s happened 41 times.
Prediction: Alabama 35, Ole Miss 7