Mississippi-Alabama: Can Bama Prevent the Ole Miss Upset?

T.J. CallawayContributor IOctober 14, 2008

Crazy things have happened thus far in the SEC. Tennessee is 2-4 (0-3 SEC), Auburn is 4-3 (2-3 SEC) with a loss to a struggling Arkansas team, Georgia 5-1 (2-1 SEC) was upset by Alabama 6-0 (3-0 SEC), and Ole Miss 3-3 (1-2 SEC) beat Florida 5-1 (3-1 SEC) in the Swamp.

Saturday, the Rebels of Ole Miss travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the No. 2 Crimson Tide. With Ole Miss having already beat Florida this season, Alabama fans are worried that the same might happen to them.

Nick Saban is his second year as head coach for the Tide, and he has already led Bama to a consensus No. 2 ranking in the polls.

Two weeks ago, Alabama was in a close game against Kentucky, one that should have been a blowout.  Alabama came out on top but by a thin margin. Last week, Bama was idle with a bye.

“Strategically, this landed right for us,” Coach Saban said, “but we’ll see what kind advantage it is relative to how we go out and play." There are those who would say if you’re playing well and have good momentum in the season, you’d rather keep playing.

The Tide is preparing for Ole Miss by watching tapes of Arkansas when Houston Nutt was the Razorbacks coach. Ole Miss has running some of the same plays that Arkansas ran last year.  

Against Mississippi, Alabama will come out on top because Alabama is the more physical team. The Tide has a better defense and a better return game. I don’t think Saban will allow Alabama to just squeak by like they did against Kentucky.

The key to Bama's victory on this Saturday and every Saturday for the rest of this season: Play four quarters of football and finish the game. If they can indeed do this, they will get their first BCS Championship, and first National Championship since 1992.