How to Watch Way To watch Alabama vs Ole Miss How To Watch
Date: Saturday, October 2
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
How To Watch: CBS
Record: Alabama (4-0), Ole Miss (3-0)
No. 1 Alabama will host No. 12 Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week in what should be one of the wildest games of the season. The Crimson Tide are fresh off a thorough and complete dismantling of Southern Miss, while the Rebels have had two weeks to prepare for the biggest game for the program since the Hugh Freeze era.
It'll be a coaching matchup between the teacher and the student. Alabama's Nick Saban hired Rebels coach Lane Kiffin to run the Crimson Tide offense prior to the 2014 season, and the two won three SEC titles and the 2015 national championship together. Kiffin was the catalyst for the evolution of the Alabama offense from an old-school, smash-mouth unit into the high-flying aerial assault that it has become over the last half-decade.
What is the Ole Miss defense, exactly?:
The Rebels were atrocious last season when they finished next-to-last in the nation in total defense (519 yards per game) and 115th in yards per play at 6.67. Things have changed this season. Louisville was held to 4.61 yards per play and the Rebels haven't given up 400 or more yards in any of their three games this season — including against a Tulane team that has a relatively potent offense. This is a different kind of test, though. The best way to limit the Crimson Tide through the air is to generate pressure in a variety of ways, so expect defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to get very creative in this one.
How to watch Alabama vs. Ole Miss live
Date: Saturday, October 2 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium — Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TV: CBS | Live stream: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)
Let's break down the matchup and make picks straight up and against the spread.
Alabama vs. Ole Miss: Need to know
Can Alabama run the ball?: The Crimson Tide struggled mightily to move the ball on the ground in the 31-29 win over Florida two weeks ago, and currently rank 10th in the SEC with 151.75 yards per game. It'll be critical in this matchup because the best way to prevent this game evolving into a shootout is to keep Rebels quarterback Matt Corral on the sideline for as long as possible. Can Alabama keep up in a shootout? Most likely. After all, that has become its offensive identity over the last seven years. But the path of least resistance in this one is to win the time of possession battle, control the clock and prevent Kiffin from wearing down the Crimson Tide defense with his use of tempo.
This isn't just the Matt Corral show: Ole Miss is the only team in the nation that is in the top 15 in rushing offense and passing offense. Sure, Corral has been awesome through the air. After all, that's why he's the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy coming into this weekend's games. But the running game led by Jerrion Ealy and Henry Parrish Jr. has combined for 364 yards while averaging over 6 yards per carry. When you throw in the 158 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns from Corral, this offense is a run-based unit that thrives off tempo and play-action.
What is the Ole Miss defense, exactly?: The Rebels were atrocious last season when they finished next-to-last in the nation in total defense (519 yards per game) and 115th in yards per play at 6.67. Things have changed this season. Louisville was held to 4.61 yards per play and the Rebels haven't given up 400 or more yards in any of their three games this season — including against a Tulane team that has a relatively potent offense. This is a different kind of test, though. The best way to limit the Crimson Tide through the air is to generate pressure in a variety of ways, so expect defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to get very creative in this one.
Alabama vs. Ole Miss prediction, picks
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This 79.5 over/under in this game is the highest in an FBS game in four seasons, which suggests that both teams will have plenty of success moving up and down the field. That will play right into Kiffin's hands. Ole Miss will use tempo, Corral will have a banner day through the air and on the ground, and this game will be in doubt deep into the fourth quarter. In the end, Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young will make a couple of plays late to win an instant classic in Tuscaloosa. Alabama will win but won't cover.
Prediction: Ole Miss (+14.5)
How to Watch Alabama vs. Ole Miss
- Game Day: Saturday, October 2, 2021
- Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
- TV: CBS
- Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium
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Betting Information for Alabama vs. Ole Miss
Alabama and Ole Miss Stats
- The Crimson Tide score 25.8 more points per game (46.5) than the Rebels allow (20.7).
- The Crimson Tide have turned the ball over two times this season, three fewer than the Rebels have forced (5).
- The Rebels have averaged 35.2 more points scored this year (52.7) than the Crimson Tide have allowed (17.5).
- The Rebels have turned the ball over two times, five fewer times than the Crimson Tide have forced turnovers (7).
Alabama Players to Watch
- Bryce Young has thrown for 1,117 yards (279.3 ypg) to lead Alabama, completing 72.1% of his passes and collecting 15 touchdown passes and one interception this season.
- The team's top rusher, Brian Robinson Jr., has carried the ball 36 times for 205 yards (51.3 per game), with two touchdowns this year.
- This season Jase McClellan has rushed for 163 yards (40.8 per game) on 34 carries with one touchdown, while also catching nine passes for 86 yards (21.5 per game) and three touchdowns.
- Jameson Williams' 299 receiving yards (74.8 yards per game) lead the team. He has 12 receptions with three touchdowns.
- John Metchie has put up a 233-yard season so far (58.3 receiving yards per game) with one touchdown, hauling in 24 passes.
- Jahleel Billingsley has hauled in six receptions for 131 yards (32.8 ypg) and two touchdowns this season.
Ole Miss Players to Watch
- Matt Corral has thrown for 997 yards (332.3 ypg) to lead Ole Miss, completing 68.8% of his passes and tossing nine touchdown passes this season. He's also figured in the ground game with 158 rushing yards (52.7 ypg) on 33 carries with five rushing touchdowns.
- Jerrion Ealy's team-high 188 rushing yards (62.7 per game) have come on 31 carries, with one touchdown this year. He's also tacked on six catches for 78 yards (26 per game).
- This season Henry Parrish Jr. has collected 176 yards (58.7 per game) on 25 attempts with one touchdown, while also grabbing six passes for 64 yards (21.3 per game).
- Dontario Drummond's team-leading 339 receiving yards (113 yards per game) have come on 20 receptions with four touchdowns.
- Jonathan Mingo has racked up 290 receiving yards (96.7 yards per game) and three touchdowns, hauling in 15 passes this year.
- Braylon Sanders' eight grabs have netted him 133 yards (44.3 ypg) and two touchdowns.
Did Ole Miss beat Alabama in 2014?
One game, in particular, stood out: Ole Miss' 23-17 victory over No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 4, 2014. … And the Rebels beating Alabama twice during Kiffin's three seasons on Nick Saban's staff.
Did Ole Miss beat Alabama in 2015?
15 Ole Miss fights off No. … 15 Mississippi beat No. 2 Alabama 43-37 on Saturday night.
Did Ole Miss beat Alabama 2 years in a row?
It was the first time in school history that Ole Miss had beaten Alabama in consecutive seasons and just the second time that the Rebels had won in Tuscaloosa. … The 21-point comeback tied the 1989 Alabama-Ole Miss game for the largest comeback in Alabama football history