Alabama 42, Ole Miss 21
Ohhhhhhhh, no. Don’t just blow this off as Bama being Bama in yet another yawner of a blowout.
This was when Matt Corral was going to win the Heisman.
This was when all the fun of the Rebels, and the Lane Train, and the high-powered scoring show that pushed the Tide so hard last year were supposed to rise up and show they could go toe-to-toe with the No. 1 team.
Alabama decided it was going to bring the defense this week, and that was that.
Corral wasn’t bad. He completed 21-of-29 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown with no picks, but he didn’t get any help from the running game and most of the team’s scoring production came way too late.
Bama held the Rebels to under 300 yards of total offense, didn’t allow point until it was 35-0, and it did everything right to put this away.
Bryce Young was efficient, RB Brian Robinson had the 171-yard, four-touchdown day everyone knew could happen at just about any time once he was healthy enough to be a full go, and offensive line blasted away early to make this a laugher.
Of course, Nick Saban will probably be peeved over the loose change allowed late, but that’s part of what makes this team tick.
All the honking about the Murray State game and the various little missed assignments, and all of the nitpicking – I avoided calling it Nickpicking, because we’ve all been through enough as a country – led to this. The more talented team played like it from the start, and because of it, the dangerous game became routine.