Ole Miss Rebels vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Complete Game Preview

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Ole Miss Rebels vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Complete Game Preview
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Photo: Seph Anderson

The No. 21 Ole Miss Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) have the chance to mount a program-changing upset Saturday night at No. 1 Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC), when the two SEC West clubs collide both undefeated for the first time since 1982.

The game will feature a battle between a Crimson Tide team at the pinnacle of its sport the past few years and one of the hottest teams anywhere in the country in the Rebels. It's a golden opportunity for Hugh Freeze's Rebels to show the nation they're not "on the rise," but that "they've arrived."

Ole Miss will look to knock off a No.1-ranked team for the first time ever (0-9 all time), and claim its first victory over the Crimson Tide since 2003.

That being said, Ole Miss has struggled mightily against the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium (1-16 all time), with the lone win coming against a No. 12-ranked Alabama club in 1988 (22-12).

Further, in the Rebels' 25 program trips to Tuscaloosa, only three times have they posted 20-plus points in a game. Beyond the 22-12 win in 1988, Ole Miss fell 23-26 in double overtime in 2006 and fell 20-24 in overtime in 2008.

Nevertheless, Saturday night's main event poses arguably the greatest offense in Ole Miss history against a 'Bama D that hasn't exactly been playing like the dominant unit we're all accustomed to seeing from the Crimson Tide.

In addition, what's been a rather pedestrian Alabama offense through the first three games, minus the Texas A&M game, should be challenged by a pretty solid Ole Miss defense.

Finally, let's not forget about two of college football's most dynamic playmakers: Ole Miss' Jeff Scott and Alabama's Christion Jones. Either one of them is capable of being the difference Saturday night.

Enough of the hype though. Let's get down to business.

Check out the video preview, along with the accompanying slideshow for all you need to know, as Freeze and the Rebels look to take down the top team in the land and advance to 4-0 for the first time since 1970.

 

When: Saturday, Sept. 28; 5:30 p.m. CT

Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

TV: ESPN

Satellite Radio: Sirius 112, XM 199

Series History: Alabama leads 46-9-2

In Tuscaloosa: Alabama leads 24-1

Spread: Alabama (-16.5), per VegasInsider.com Consensus

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