Blame South Carolina: Why I'd Hate to Be Ole Miss This Weekend

Trent CalvertCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 9: Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide directs play against the South Carolina Gamecocks October 9, 2010 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Alabama Crimson Tide are mad. The team, coaches and fanbase are all mad. After being embarrassed in a 35-21 loss to South Carolina while ranked No. 1, the team is out for revenge.

Unfortunately for the Ole Miss Rebels, they're next on the hit list for 'Bama. The Rebs lost their season opener to Jacksonville State and also lost to the Vanderbilt Commodores, neither of which are very good, by the way.

Alabama needs to prove to the nation that they aren't as bad as they looked against South Carolina, and Ole Miss will be the proving ground.

Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson will wear down and run over a soft Ole Miss defense.  Julio Jones proved against USC he is capable of being a consistent target for QB Greg McElroy. 

One Ole Miss player that should be especially looking out for his well-being is defensive lineman Jerrell Powe.  He called 'Bama "one-dimensional," referred to them sarcastically as "Almighty Alabama" and said the Tide were "exposed" in the USC game.

All I can say to Powe is "Wow," (pun intended). Way to give 'Bama players even more inspiration. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said that Powe had better be ready in the trenches, because 'Bama's O-line is going to be coming right at him.

The Rebs don't have much on offense besides Jeremiah Masoli and Markeith Summers.  The Tide should bring the heat against Ole Miss' offensive line, which has been weakened by the loss of center A.J. Hawkins.

Expect Tide DE Marcel Dareus to have a great game against the Rebs after a good performance against USC. 

Matchups to watch in the 'Bama-Ole Miss contest: UM right tackle Bobby Massie vs. Marcel Dareus, UM quarterback Masoli vs. Tide linebacker Dont'a Hightower, Ingram/Richardson vs. Ole Miss defense and Alabama kick return coverage vs. UM kick returner Jessi Grandy.