Alabama At Ole Miss Game Preview: Everything You Need To Know Before Kickoff
No. 3 Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 11 Ole Miss (4-0, 1-0 SEC)
When: Saturday, Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. CT
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi
Weather: Sunny with a high of 67 degrees, winds WNW at 11 mph, 0 percent chance of rain.
TV: CBS (Play-by-play: Verne Lundquist, color analyst: Gary Danielson, sideline reporter: Allie LaForce)
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Play-by-play: Eli Gold, color analyst: Phil Savage, sideline reporter: Chris Stewart)
Spread: Alabama (-6-6.5), according to Danny Sheridan. The Crimson Tide has now been favored in 59 consecutive games, starting with its 2009 BCS National Championship Game victory over Texas.
Last Meeting: The then-No. 1 Crimson Tide pitched a shutout against No. 21 Ole Miss for the 15th time in series history (13-0-2) in a 25-0 victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
Series History: Alabama leads the series 47-9-2 (51-8-2 without including forfeits and vacated victories enforced by the NCAA). The Crimson Tide has won 10 straight meetings in the series dating back to the 2004 season and boasts an 8-2 record in Oxford.
The Crimson Tide had its first bye week of the season following a 42-21 victory over Florida in its SEC opener on Sept. 20.
The Rebels let Memphis hang around until the fourth quarter when 17 straight points finally secured a 24-3 Ole Miss victory.
Ole Miss was dominant on defense, holding the Tigers to just 104 total yards of offense, but the offense struggled mightily with turnovers and penalties. Quarterback Bo Wallace was 22-of-37 for 248 yards and two touchdowns but also threw two interceptions.
The Rebels also had four sacks and forced two turnovers, including one interception to bring their season total to nine – tied for second in the nation.
Keep an eye on:
Blake Sims, quarterback: The first-year starter has proven his worth through four games this season, but can he do it on the road in an SEC environment? The Crimson Tide will play a true away game for the first time this season Saturday in what is shaking out to be one of the bigger games in program history for Ole Miss, which ranks fourth nationally in total defense.
Tony Brown, cornerback: In the Crimson Tide’s last game, Brown shutdown the top wideout in the SEC not named Amari Cooper in Florida’s Demarcus Robinson. On Saturday, it is likely the true freshman will be starting again and facing another one of the SEC’s elite in Laquon Treadwell. If Brown can match his last performance in this game against the Rebels’ most explosive offensive player, Alabama should be in good shape defensively.
Bo Wallace, quarterback: Last year, Wallace predicted that the Ole Miss offense would “put points on” the Alabama defense and promptly scored zero, while passing for only 159 yards. It’s no secret that the senior quarterback will have to play much better – and score points – for the Rebels to pull the upset.
Cody Prewitt, safety: Like it was with Wallace last year, Prewitt made the comments ahead of this year’s game. During post-game interviews after Ole Miss’ victory over Memphis, the 2013 first team All-American, essentially called out the Crimson Tide as a whole, saying the Rebels “don’t really think ‘Bama is as good as they have been.” As arguably the Rebels’ best defensive player, he will need to have a big game to prevent Alabama from making him eat his words.
- Quarterback Blake Sims (shoulder) has practiced but has not thrown a single pass in each of the Crimson Tide’s first two practices this week. According to Saban on Monday though, it doesn’t appear to be too worrisome for Saturday.
- Wide receiver DeAndrew White (shoulder, foot) has been limited in practice since the bye week, though his injury is unclear. He missed the Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss games with a separated shoulder, but last week he wore a medical boot while riding a stationary bike.
- Defensive back Jarrick Williams (foot) has practiced since Florida week and does not appear to be limited by the injury. A return to game action Saturday seems likely, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be handed his starting position back right away.
- Cornerback Eddie Jackson (quadriceps) sat out the Crimson Tide’s last game against Florida but looks to be ready to go for Ole Miss, as he has practiced without limitations this week. Like with Williams, a Jackson start is not a surefire thing, especially after freshman Tony Brown’s performance in his place versus the Gators.
- The Rebels came out of last Saturday’s game against Memphis without any injuries and have no significant ones to report for Alabama.