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Ole Miss vs. Alabama: Complete Game Preview

Sanjay KirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystOctober 9, 2016

Ole Miss vs. Alabama: Complete Game Preview

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    After three non-conference wins in its first four games, Alabama returns its attention to conference action with this weekend’s visit from Ole Miss.  

    The Rebels look to be improving under new head coach Hugh Freeze, but they will face a daunting task in trying to upset the nation’s top team.  

    Meanwhile, for the top-ranked Tide, this game will be about keeping their foot on the gas pedal and continuing to improve each week as the competition begins to get tougher.   

    What should Tide fans be looking for from the new-look Rebels? 

    Find out complete game preview of the matchup between the Rebels and the Tide.

Gameday Info

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    Who: Ole Miss at Alabama

    When: Saturday, 9:15 (EDT)

    Where: Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium, (101,821)

    TV: ESPN

    Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network, Sirius Channel 94, XM Channel 200

    Internet Stream: ESPN3

Depth Chart for Alabama

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    Offense

    LT – 71 – Cyrus Kouandijo, SO (6’6”, 311)

    63 – Kellen Williams, JR (6’3”, 303)

     

    LG – 65 – Chance Warmack, SR (6’3”, 320)

    Chad Lindsay, SO (6’2”, 290)

     

    C – 75 – Barrett Jones, SR (6’5”, 302)

    70 – Ryan Kelly, FR (6’5”, 288)

     

    RG – 61 – Anthony Steen, JR (6’3”, 303)

    77 – Arie Kouandijo, SO (6’5, 310)

     

    RT – 76 – D.J. Fluker, JR (6’6”, 335)

    79 – Austin Shepherd, SO (6’5”, 312)

     

    TE – 89 – Michael Williams, SR (6’6”, 269)

    84 – Brian Vogler, SO (6’7”, 258)

     

    H – 31 – Kelly Johnson, SR (6’3”, 230)

    82 – Harrison Jones, SO (6’4”, 244)

    21 – Brent Calloway, FR (6’1”, 217)

     

    QB – 10 – AJ McCarron, JR (6’4”, 205)

    12 – Phillip Ely, FR (6’1”, 198) OR

    6 – Blake Sims, SO (6’0”, 182)

     

    RB – 42 – Eddie Lacy, JR (6’0”, 220)

    4 – T.J. Yeldon, FR (6’2”, 216)

    1 – Dee Hart, FR (5’9”, 190)

    17 – Kenyan Drake, FR (6’1”, 204)

     

    WR (X) – 2 – DeAndrew White, SO (6’0”, 185)

    9 – Amari Cooper, FR (6’1”, 198)

    80 – Marvin Shinn, FR (6’3”, 198)

     

    WR (Z) – 83 – Kevin Norwood, JR (6’2”, 195)

    7 – Kenny Bell, JR (6’1”, 180)

     

    WR (H) – 22 – Christion Jones, SO (5’11, 185)

    8 – Cyrus Jones, FR (5’10”, 192)

     

    Defense

     

    DE – 49 – Ed Stinson, JR (6’4”, 282)

    8 – Jeoffrey Pagan, SO (6’4”, 285)

     

    NG – 54 – Jesse Williams, SR (6’4”, 320)

    62 – Brandon Ivory, SO (6’4”, 315)

     

    DE – 92 – Damion Square, SR (6’3”, 286)

    90 – Quinton Dial, SR (6’6”, 304)

     

    Sam OLB – 42 – Adrian Hubbard, SO (6’6”, 248)

    19 – Jonathan Atchison, JR (6’3”, 236)

     

    Mike ILB – 33 – Trey Depriest, SO (6’2”, 245), or 35 – Nico Johnson, SR (6’3”, 245)

    18 – Reggie Ragland, FR (6’2”, 247)

     

    Will ILB – 35 – Nico Johnson, SR (6’3”, 245). or 32 – C.J. Mosley, JR (6’2”, 232)

    11 – Tana Patrick, JR (6’3”, 236)

     

    Jack OLB – 47 – Xzavier Dickson, SO (6’3”, 262)

    30 – Denzel Devall, FR (6’2”, 243)

     

    CB – 28 – Dee Milliner, JR (6’1”, 199)

    10 – John Fulton, JR (6’0”, 187)

     

    CB – 13 – Deion Belue, JR (5’11”, 179)

    24 – Geno Smith, FR (6’0”, 182)

     

    SS – 37 – Robert Lester, SR (6’2”, 210)

    3 – Vinnie Sunseri, SO (6’0”, 215)

     

    FS –6 – HaHa Clinton-Dix, SO (6’1”, 209) OR 27 – Nick Perry, JR (6’1”, 208)

    26 – Landon Collins, FR (6’0”, 202)

     

    Special Teams

     

    PK – 5 – Jeremy Shelley, SR (5’10”, 165), or 43 – Cade Foster, JR (6’1, 218)

     

    KO – 43 – Cade Foster, JR (6’1”, 218)

     

    HOLD – 10 – AJ McCarron, JR (6’4”, 210)

    3 – Vinnie Sunseri, SO (6’0”, 215)

     

    P – 29 – Cody Mandell, JR (6’4”, 202)

    5 – Jeremy Shelley, SR (5’10”, 165)

     

    SN – 51 – Carson Tinker, SR (6’1”, 220)

    31 – Kelly Johnson, SR (6’3”, 230)

     

    PR – 22 – Christion Jones, SO (5’11”, 185)

    1 – Dee Hart, FR (5’9”, 190)

     

    KR – 22 – Christion Jones, SO (5’11”, 185)

    1 – Dee Hart, FR (5’9”, 190)

    28 – Dee Milliner, JR (6’1”, 199)

    83 – Kevin Norwood, JR (6’2”, 195)

Depth Chart for Ole Miss

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    Offense


    WR (X) – 12 – Donte Moncrief, SO (6’3”, 216)

    8 – Terrell Grant, JR (6’3”, 208)

    88 – Cody Core, FR (6’3”, 191)

     

    LT – 70 – Emmanuel McCray, JR (6’5”, 316)

    60 – Derrick Wilson, JR (6’2”, 326)

     

    LG – 72 – Aaron Morris, SO (6’5”, 330)

    68 – Justin Bell, FR (6’3”, 335)

     

    C – 56 – Evan Swindall, JR (6’4”, 295)

    61 – Ben Still, FR (6’2”, 280)

    65 – Chase Hughes, SO (6’3”, 292)

     

    RG – 76 – A.J. Hawkins, SR (6’1”, 310)

    74 – Jared Duke, JR (6’7”, 354)

     

    RT – 71 – Pierce Burton, JR (6’6”, 289)

    77 – Patrick Junen, JR (6’3”, 314)

     

    TE – 83 – Ferbia Allen, SR (6’4”, 253)

    17 – Jamal Mosley, SR (6’4”, 246)

    45 – H.R. Greer, SR (5’11”, 222)

     

    WR (Z) – 10 – Vince Sanders, SO (6’1”, 190) OR

    85 – Ja-Mes Logan, JR (6’3”, 195)

     

    WR (H) – 28 – Korvic Neat, JR (5’9”, 164)

    16 – Collins Moore, SO (6’1”, 196)

    22 – Philander Moore, JR (5’9”, 188)

     

    QB – 14 – Bo Wallace, SO (6’4”, 204)

    11 – Barry Brunetti, JR (6’0”, 212)

    9 – Maikhail Miller, FR (6’2”, 240)

     

    RB – 1 – Randall Mackey, SR (5’10”, 195) OR

    3 – Jeff Scott, JR (5’7”, 170)

    6 – Jaylen Walton, FR (5’8”, 167) OR

    5 – I’Tavius Mathers, FR (5’11”, 196)

     

    Defense

     

    DE – 10 – C.J. Johnson, SO (6’3”, 233)

    38 – Jason Jones, SR (6’3”, 255)

     

    DT – 93 – Uriah Grant, SR (6’1”, 298)

    95 – Bryon Bennett, SO (6’2”, 294)

    92 – Carlton Martin, SO (6’2”, 288)

     

    NT – 99 – Gilbert Pena, SR (6’4”, 317)

    94 – Isaac Gross, FR (6’1”, 254)

    56 – Woodrow Hamilton, FR (6’3”, 292)

     

    DE – 55 – Cameron Whigham, JR (6’3”, 255)

    33 – E.J. Epperson, SR (6’3”, 253)

    11 – Channing Ward, FR (6’4”, 256)

     

    Mike – 52 – Mike Marry, JR (6’3”, 256)

    15 – Joel Kight, SR (5’9”, 222)

    24 – Keith Lewis, SO (6’1”, 235)

     

    Stinger – 4 – Denzel Nkemdiche, FR (5’11”, 203)

    20 – Aaron Garbutt, SR (6’1”, 213)

    14 – Serderius Bryant, SO (5’9”, 223)

     

    Huskie – 1 – Dehendret Collins, JR (5’10”, 185)

    13 – Brishen Matthews, JR (6’0”, 200)

     

    FCB – 6 – Wesley Pendleton, SR (5’11”, 175)

    23 – Anthony Standifer, FR (6’0”, 182)

     

    Rover – 3 – Charles Sawyer, JR (5’11”, 181)

    5 – Frank Crawford, JR (6’1”, 180)

     

    FS – 25 – Cody Prewitt, SO (6’2”, 214)

    8 – Chief Brown, FR (6’1”, 202)

    17 – Tanner Burns, SR (6’2”, 191)

     

    BCB – 21 – Senquez Golson, SO (5’9”, 188)

    12 – Cliff Coleman, SO (5’10”, 181)

     

    Special Teams

     

    PK – 81 – Bryson Rose, SR (5’11”, 202)

    91 – Nathan Noble, FR (6’4”, 211)

     

    P – 82 – Jim Broadway, SR (6’0”, 183)

    97 – Tyler Campbell, SR (6’2”, 220)

     

    KO – 91 – Nathan Noble, FR (6’4”, 211)

    81 – Bryson Rose, SR (5’11”, 202)

     

    Holder – 94 – Chris Conley, JR (5’8”, 190)

    13 – Robert Ratliff, JR (6’0”, 215)

     

    LS – 59 – Will Denny, SO (5’10”, 240)

    52 – Will Few, FR (6’3”, 245)

     

    KR – 6 – Jaylen Walton, FR (5’8”, 167) OR

    21 – Senquez Golson, SO (5’9”, 188)

    3 – Jeff Scott, JR (5’7”, 170)

    5 – I’Tavius Mathers, FR (5’11”, 196)

     

    PR – 28 – Korvic Neat, JR (5’9”, 164)

    22 – Philander Moore, JR (5’9”, 188)

What Happened to the Crimson Tide Last Week

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    Alabama scored on its first six possessions and cruised to an easy non-conference 40-7 win over Florida Atlantic. 

    While the defense lost its shot at recording three consecutive shutouts late in the fourth quarter, they didn’t allow FAU a first down until deep in the second quarter and limited the Owls to just 110 yards of total offense 

    The win moved Alabama to 4-0 and they were able to maintain the top spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls’.  

What Happened to the Rebels Last Week

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    Ole Miss rebounded from its blowout loss at the hands of Texas by delivering a 39-0 drubbing of Tulane.  

    The Rebels racked up 450 yards of total offense—with more than 300 yards of that total coming on the ground—and raced to a 26-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.  

    Perhaps the best sign of improvement for Freeze has to be the fact that his defense—who gave up 66 points to the Longhorns a week earlier—responded from that effort to record a shutout. 

    The win helped the Rebels climb to 3-1 on the season.  

What It Means to Both Teams

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    This SEC West tilt provides Alabama with a chance to claim two division wins heading into its bye week.   

    For the Rebels, aside from potentially doubling their win total from last season, a win over Alabama would be its first since 2003—when Eli Manning was playing quarterback in Oxford.  

    While winning may be unrealistic for Freeze and his ballclub, it would be a step forward in the program’s rebuilding phase to keep the margin considerably closer than last season’s 52-7 beat down in Oxford.  

Key Player for Alabama

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    Alabama’s wide receivers have done its damage as a unit this season—with five players having recorded at least seven catches through four games.  

    One player that has not reached that threshold is Kenny Bell, but the junior had the biggest play of the game last week when he took a short A.J. McCarron toss on a crossing route and darted 85 yards down the sideline for the Tide’s first score against FAU. 

    With Kevin Norwood's status a mystery due to his lack of playing time against FAU, Bell has a chance to earn his way back into a starting role if he can continue to make big plays this weekend against the Rebels (h/t, Alex Scarborough, ESPN). 

Key Player for Ole Miss

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    The Rebels have one of the SEC’s top playmakers in sophomore wideout Donte Moncrief.  

    The 6’3”, 216-pounder has racked up 19 receptions for 343 yards and four touchdowns through four games. 

    While he will face a rugged Alabama secondary, it’s worth noting that he had a strong game against a talented Texas secondary with seven catches for 144 yards and a touchdown reception. 

    He will need that type of effort this weekend for Ole Miss to have any shot of knocking off the defending National Champions.  

Alabama Will Win If ...

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    If the Tide come out with the same intensity they have showcased in the first quarter up to this point (Alabama has outscored its four opponents 56-0 in the first quarter), this game could resemble the its first four victories and be essentially over fairly early.  

    However, Ole Miss has enough talent on offense to provide some challenges to the Tide’s stout defensive unit.   

    On the flip side, considering that the Rebels’ pass defense is ranked next-to-last in the SEC, McCarron and his receivers could be line for another big day. 

    The biggest challenge for a team like Alabama in this game is to stay focused on the little things and avoid coming out flat.  

Ole Miss Will Win If …

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    No offense to the Rebels, but the only way they beat Alabama is if Ole Miss sneaks Eli Manning onto the field as its quarterback—and even that probably would not be enough. 

    Alabama has not lost to Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa since 1988.   

    On a serious note, the Rebels have improved under Freeze—as evidenced by surpassing last season’s win total (two) before October. 

    However, it’s way too early in his tenure to ask his club to come into Bryant-Denny Stadium and upset the nation’s top team.

Prediction

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    Alabama will essentially get another tune up game this weekend before using its bye week to prepare for the meat of its SEC schedule that begins with an Oct. 13 trip to Missouri.  

    Ole Miss is a program that had won just six games in the previous two years, and this game—if anything—will provide a litmus test to see just how far they are from fielding a competitive team in the toughest conference in the nation.  

    In short, expect the Tide to roll to 5-0. 

    Prediction:  Alabama 41, Ole Miss 10 

     

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