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Alabama Football: Crimson Tide Will Steamroll Ole Miss in Week 5 Matchup

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Quarterback AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide hands the ball off to running back Eddie Lacy #42 while playing against the Florida Atlantic Owls on September 22, 2012 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Florida Atlantic 40-7.  (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2012

Raise your hand if you think Ole Miss will defeat Alabama on Saturday. No one? Yeah, that seems about right.

The Crimson Tide have showed absurd dominance through the season's first four weeks. As a team, they're scoring 42 points per game and allowing five.

I don't care if you're playing Division III schools, Alabama has been noticeably better than every opponent it's lined up against. It doesn't matter which side of the ball, the Crimson Tide has had an answer for everything anyone has thrown their way.

The Rebels do have an admirable attack. They're No. 11 in rushing offense nationally, and they're scoring 35-plus points per game. It's not like they can't play football; they just haven't faced a team like this one.

Ole Miss has played one tough opponent so far this season. Texas defeated the Rebels 66-31, showing the college football world that the squad wasn't quite ready for the big time.

The Crimson Tide's ground game is almost always exceptional, but that's only one reason to fear their offense.

A.J. McCarron has thrown for 819 yards and 10 touchdowns this season; he's not the same signal-caller from a year ago. This makes the Tide's offense more dynamic, whether he has elite receivers to throw to or not.

On top of the improved offense, Alabama's defense hasn't taken a step back like some thought it might. Allowing five points per game is no small feat. Bo Wallace and the Rebels' attack won't have much better luck on Saturday.

Ole Miss isn't a terrible team, Alabama is just that good. Its offense isn't purely a ground-and-pound scheme anymore, not after the emergence of McCarron. Defensively, the Rebels haven't gone anywhere either.

No one will have a chance against this squad until Louisiana State faces off with Saban's team on November 3. Until then, expect blowouts.

Ole Miss isn't an exception.

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