The No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Ole Miss Rebels in an SEC matchup tonight.
Will the Rebels' high-octane, no-huddle attack prove too much for the Tide to handle? Or will Alabama continue to steamroll everything in its path?
Ole Miss does have a good offense. They put up 31 points on No. 12 Texas. They average almost 260 yards rushing per game—which is more than Alabama has given up all year.
Ole Miss puts up 488 yards a game, third most in the SEC. Alabama, by comparison, gives up 185 yards per game, third best in the nation.
So it's high-flying offense against a stringent defense. They say offense wins games but defense wins championships. So what gives?
This will be Alabama's toughest test on the ground, and they will make sure to load up against it. They'll force Bo Wallace, who has four picks already this year, to beat them through the air.
Further, Ole Miss has given up a decent number of sacks, and they haven't faced a defensive line as good as Alabama's.
Ole Miss has benefited from a weak schedule. They've beaten up on Central Arkansas, UTEP and Tulane.
Alabama gives up 5.3 points per game. By comparison, UTEP gives up 29 points per game. Ole Miss is in for a shock.
That's not to say Ole Miss isn't talented; they're 3-1 with the lone loss coming against a good Texas team. Still, Alabama has a borderline NFL-type defense. If they can contain the run game, they they'll have no problem.
Alabama's offense is nothing to forget about, either; running back Eddie Lacy looks like a future first-round pick and AJ McCarron could set the Tide record for most throws without an interception.
Ole Miss is a nice story, but they're still a rebuilding team. Alabama is the favorite for the national championship. Alabama's defense will show why they're the best in the nation with a win against the Rebels.
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