5 things to watch for in the Alabama-Ole Miss game
Here are five things to watch when Alabama looks for its 10th straight win over Ole Miss:
REBELS FOR REAL?:
Ole Miss is trying to move to 4-0 for the first time since 1970, but hasn't faced a ranked team yet. A win would help move the Rebels out of the shadows of SEC West heavyweights Bama, LSU and Texas A&M.
SCOTT VS. YELDON:
The Rebels' Jeff Scott has averaged a whopping 9.4 yards on 35 carries for Ole Miss and gashed Texas for a career-high 164 rushing yards and a 73-yard punt return. Alabama tailback T.J. Yeldon leads the way for a running game that surprisingly ranks last in the SEC. He had a 149-yard game against Texas A&M.
Alabama's AJ McCarron has thrived against Texas A&M and in two national championship games. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace has passed for 460 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 105 yards and three scores in road games with Vanderbilt and Texas. He hasn't thrown an interception.
Both defenses have allowed 400-plus yard passing games, Ole Miss against Vanderbilt and Alabama versus Texas A&M. Starting defensive backs Deion Belue and Jarrick Williams are expected back from injuries for the Tide. The Rebels have had only one defensive back, Cody Prewitt, start every game at the same spot.
The Rebels, who have been starting five freshmen, have already played in front of 100,000-plus mostly hostile fans at Texas and won 44-23. Now, they have to handle the noise and high emotion in a similar environment against an SEC power.