#15 Mississippi (2-0, 0-0) at #2 Alabama (2-0, 0-0)
When: Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscalossa, AL
Time: 9:15 ET
TV: ESPN Radio: XM 191
ESPN’s College GameDay visits Tuscaloosa today in anticipation of the 15th ranked Ole Miss Rebels meeting the 2nd ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama. Ole Miss has started off an impressive 2-0 thanks to some high powered offensive numbers. Ole Miss has beaten Tennessee-Martin and Fresno State by a combined 149-24. Quarterback Chad Kelly has been impressive throwing for 557 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 1 interception. The outrageous offensive output has overshadowed the defense, which has lived up to expectations thus far by holding opponents to 303 yards per game even with reserves getting plenty of playing time during mop-up duty. Ole Miss won this meeting last year beating Alabama 23-17, but are just 1-25 in Tuscaloosa/Birmingham. Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche has scored two offensive TDs (one rush, one receiving) and FS Trae Elston has returned two interceptions for scores among the Rebels’ three defensive TDs.
The Crimson Tide have held their first two opponents under 300 total yards and have been especially good against the run, allowing only 63 yards per game on the ground. Their two wins have come against Wisconsin (35-17) and Middle Tennessee State (37-10). Alabama has enjoyed the luxury of being rather one-dimensional on offense with Derrick Henry (243 yards, 6 TDs) and Kenyan Drake (117 yards, 1 TD) carrying the load. Quarterback Jake Coker (427 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) might be asked to do more in order to keep pace with Ole Miss’ high-powered attack. The Senior QB did not see any action in the meeting last year. The Crimson Tide have won 17 consecutive home games, tied with Baylor for the longest active streak in the nation. Alabama has scored in the first half of 105 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation, and has gone 185 consecutive games without being shut out. This will be their second big test of the year and not the last.
This was a great game last year with Ole Miss pulling off the upset. I believe they have what it takes to do it again, but in the end I think Alabama takes it. I do think 7 is a lot and I expect Ole Miss to cover.
Pick: Ole Miss +7