REWIND: Alabama 25, Ole Miss 0

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Bo Wallace lost a fumble when he was hit but did not throw an interception, a streak that has now reached 133 passes without a pick going back to the second quarter of the Compass Bowl.

Donte Moncrief had a drop of a deep pass when the Rebels were trying to get away from their end zone, but otherwise he and Laquon Treadwell made catches when they were open.

Wallace was 15-for-22 passing after three quarters. When Alabama knew he had to pass he hit only two of his last nine.

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Alabama dominated the line of scrimmage and took away the Rebels’ run game. Defending the pass became easier when the Rebels were one-dimensional.

Keys To Victory

(Updating the game keys from Saturday’s GameDay preview)

1.Capitalize in the red zone

Twice capping long drives with touchdowns was a reason Ole Miss turned heads in this game last year. This time it went 0-for-2 in the red zone, and those chances weren’t particularly close. The Rebels reached the 8-yard line once and the 13 once.

2. Protect the football

The Rebels were minus-1 in turnover ratio. They didn’t give up points after Laquon Treadwell’s interception when it was still a game, and Alabama chose not to tack on a field goal after Wallace’s fumble when it was 25-0.

3. Slow down McCarron

The Rebels got good pressure on the Alabama quarterback early but couldn’t sustain that success. Ole Miss was credited with one sack and four pressures. Freshman defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche did not record a tackle.

MVP

LB Denzel Nkemdiche. A playmaker last year, the older Nkemdiche was playing for the first time since sustaining an MCL (knee) sprain at Vanderbilt. He finished with four tackles and a forced fumble.

Bottom Line

The impact of Nick Saban’s off-season hiring of Tyler Siskey, an administrative assistant on Hugh Freeze’s staff last year, was underscored when ESPN showed him in the press box with binoculars.

But Alabama won the game where games are won – The Tide stopped the Ole Miss offense at the line of scrimmage.

Parrish Alford