Alabama vs. Ole Miss fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
Alabama (2-0) vs. Ole Miss (2-0) Game Preview
Yeah, be very, very afraid, Alabama.
Blowing up Louisville was fun, and ripping through a Sun Belt star in Arkansas State was great, but this is the dangerous game against a wounded animal that could turn out to bite the Tide.
Ole Miss doesn’t have a bowl game to go to, and it has absolutely nothing to lose.
It’s supposed to get rocked by the No. 1 team in the country. There’s absolutely no pressure here for an offense that’s been nothing short of amazing so far.
The Rebels are averaging close to 62 points and 600 yards per game so far after wild wins over Texas Tech and Southern Illinois, but the O was great to start last season to.
And Ole Miss lost to Alabama 66-3.
The Crimson Tide keep on rolling right along, but they were pushed hard in a 48-43 win in 2016, and were stunned in an everything-went-wrong 43-37 loss in Tuscaloosa in 2015.
Now we get to see just how this Bama D can handle the offensive pressure on the road.
One Reason Why Alabama Will Win
Tua Tagovailoa … let’s go.
Of course Alabama’s defense takes things up to a whole other level, and of course it’s been every bit as amazing as expected over the first two games, but this Ole Miss offense is a whole other thing.
If everything goes to plan, The Process gets the running game rumbling right away, the Tide get up early, and they win on blasting toughness on both sides of the ball in a second straight easy win in the series. But let’s say this does get into a shootout like the 2015 and 2016 games were.
Bama has the passer to make it happen.
Yeah, Tagovailoa has been brilliant so far – averaging a nation-high 13 yards per throw as the country’s most-efficient passer – and if turned loose, he should be able to destroy the Ole Miss secondary that gave up 322 yards to Texas Tech and got hit for 388 yards and four scores from Southern Illinois.
The Tide can throw this year. And they will.
One Reason Why Ole Miss Will Win
Jordan Ta’amu should be able to throw against the Alabama secondary.
Scottie Phillips has been one of the nation’s most effective runners so far – averaging over ten yards per pop with 311 yards and four scores – but no one’s running against the Bama defensive front.
However, this offense is relentless, strikes quickly, and is one of the only teams in college football with a receiving corps that might just be better than Bama’s.
And the rebuilding Tide secondary can give up yards.
Louisville’s Jawon Pass went for 252 yards, and Arkansas State threw for 218 – in blowout losses. However, the Rebels can’t and won’t be timid. AJ Brown and DK Metcalf have been incredible so far, Ta’amu has connected on 69% of his throws with seven scores and no picks, and the passing game will keep on coming for a full four quarters.
What’s Going To Happen
Yeah, the Ole Miss offense is amazing, but here’s the problem …
Bobby Petrino knows how to run an offense, and Louisville didn’t go anywhere. Arkansas State might end up leading the Sun Belt and finishing in the top 20 in the country in total offense, and it was shut down cold.
Alabama is pretty good at this football thing.
The defense isn’t going to get torched, but it’ll have to work.
Tagovailoa will throw his first pick of the year, but he’ll also throw for 300 yards as the Tide O rolls for well over 500 yards.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Alabama 55, Ole Miss 20
Line: Alabama -21, o/u: 70.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 3.5
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