Coming off a 63-48 shootout a season ago in Oxford, the Ole Miss Rebels head to Tuscaloosa for a highly anticipated rematch against their rival and top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.
How to watch 15 Ole Miss vs. 1 Alabama
Time: 3:30 ET
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Spread: Ole Miss +14.5 | Alabama -14.5
Moneyline: Ole Miss +500 | Alabama -720
Over/Under: Over 80 (-110) | Under 80 (-110)
Ole Miss vs. Alabama. Lane Kiffin vs. Nick Saban. Matt Corral vs. Bryce Young. This top-15 SEC West showdown co-headlines a huge week within the SEC, and with it come huge implications. Though Alabama has a whole new look on offense, Ole Miss is much of the same from a season ago, and they’re out for revenge.
Ole Miss (3-0)
- QB Matt Corral
Season Stats: 3 GM | 997 yds | 68.8 comp% | 9 TD, 0 INT | 12.3 AY/A | 158 rush yds | 5 TD
— Matt Corral, it’s your moment. This is by far the biggest game of the Heisman hopeful’s collegiate career, and he is poised to take over. Corral played a great game a season ago against the Crimson Tide, and despite coming up short, this is a much better Ole Miss team around him. If Corral can match his performance from a season ago, Ole Miss has a great chance upsetting Alabama, something the Rebels are all too familiar with doing recently.
- The Running Backs
— Ole Miss comes into this game with the one of the nation’s best rushing attacks. They rank fourth in yards per game and seventh in yards per carry. They have a three-headed monster in the backfield with Jerrion Ealy, Henry Parrish Jr., and Snoop Conner all averaging more than 5.5 yards per carry. Their success behind a very good offensive line is imperative in this game. If they can sustain their high-octane offense and keep the ball away from an equally explosive Crimson Tide offense, they better their chances of winning significantly.
- The defense. All of it.
— Normally, scoring 48 points will win you a lot of football games! However, that was not the case a season ago in this game. Ole Miss’ defense has significantly improved from a year ago, though, and this is their biggest chance to prove it. The Rebels surrendered an astonishingly bad 519 yards of total offense a season ago, and that has improved to 341 this season. However, this will be their first test in-conference which is where all those games a season ago were played. If they can continue their bend but don’t break defense and maybe force a key turnover, they are going to be in this game till the end.
Alabama (4-0 (1-0))
Their Running Backs
— We touched on the Ole Miss backs, but as is the standard, Alabama has some really good backs of their own. While their rushing attack hasn’t been up to what we’re used to from the Crimson Tide — this is their lowest yards per carry since 2008 and lowest rush yards per game since Saban’s first year at Alabama — they are going to be a key piece to this game much in the way Ole Miss’ backs will. Keeping the ball away from Matt Corral and the best offense in the nation puts a lot of pressure on a young QB who has proven to be turnover prone in his time at Ole Miss.
- WR John Metchie III
Season Stats: 24 rec | 240 yards | 1 TD | 10.0 yards per reception
— Despite Buckeye transfer Jameson Williams taking over as the prominent downfield threat that everyone thought Metchie would be for Bryce Young, he’s had a reliable, albeit a bit disappointing, season nonetheless. However, this just might be his breakout game as WR1. This game presumably will see A LOT of passing, and Alabama will need more than just Jameson Williams to take the top off the Rebels’ secondary.
- EDGE Will Anderson Jr.
— Anderson defines gamebreaker. He’s tallied two sacks in the young season and a preposterous 8.5 tackles-for-loss. He practically lives in the opposing backfield this year. A future top five pick, Anderson is going to play a huge role in setting the edge against a dual threat attack, forcing the Rebels to run inside more and to contain Matt Corral’s legs. Ole Miss breaks off a ton of big runs, something Alabama has done an excellent job of limiting this season in large part to their defensive front.
- QB Bryce Young
Season Stats: 4 GM | 1124 yards | 72.1 comp% | 15 TD, 1 INT | 11.3 AY/A
— Bryce Young went to The Swamp, faced all the adversity it could throw at him, and came out victorious. This highly anticipated game will be played in the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny Stadium, but he will be duking it out with the leader of the nation’s best offense, Matt Corral. Young is beyond more than capable of doing so, but it’s going to be a treat watching the two front-runners for the Heisman compete on the same field.