No. 1 Alabama overpowered a determined Ole Miss team 33-14 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the first home SEC game for Alabama and the first SEC game for Ole Miss in the 2012 season.
Much of the game went according to plan for Alabama, as Ole Miss gave up some big plays and some costly turnovers, but there will be a lot of work for the Tide this week as an unproductive second half will no doubt draw the ire of Alabama coach Nick Saban.
Regardless of the score, we saw an Ole Miss defense make a huge improvement from Week 3 and their embarrassing loss to Texas (giving up 66 points and over 600 yards of total offense) to holding Alabama to their lowest yardage and point totals of the season (305 and 33 respectively).
While there are a lot of positives to take away from playing Alabama with great effort, there is still some ground to cover for an Ole Miss team still trying to climb out of the hole the 2011 season dug for this program. Let’s look at some winners and losers in this matchup with the Crimson Tide.