The gauntlet begins Saturday for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Ole Miss will come to Tuscaloosa to begin the Tide’s SEC schedule and the Tide will be looking for revenge. Last season Ole Miss upset then number one ranked Alabama 23-17 in Oxford.
This year Alabama faces off against Ole Miss a completely different team. The Tide have new wideouts, new faces on the offensive line, and a very young and very talented secondary, not to mention questions at quarterback. Even with new faces and quarterback questions however the Tide are a 6.5 point favorite to beat Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa.
Here are three things to watch as the Tide look for revenge Saturday night.
- Alabama’s Secondary
The secondary was an area to watch last week against Middle Tennessee State and this week is no different. Ole Miss will bring a fast, talented offensive attack to Bryant-Denny and they love to throw the football. Alabama will be leaning hard on senior Cyrus Jones who will draw the task of slowing down the supremely talented Laquon Treadwell. The Tide will also be leaning on impact freshmen Marlon Humphrey, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Ronnie Harrison to live up to their lofty expectations.
2. Dominate the line of scrimmage.
Alabama has a size advantage over Ole Miss and they have to exploit it. To win this game Alabama’s offensive line will have to step up and own the line of scrimmage against the most talented defensive line they have seen so far this season.
On the other side of the ball, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told the press Bama’s defensive front is “as talented as I have ever seen. They are as deep and talented as you can imagine.” That front seven needs to help their young secondary by getting pressure on Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly.
3. Control the emotions.
Alabama needs to remember they are Alabama and they are supposed to win games like this. Kenyan Drake must put the memories of last years gruesome injury sustained against Ole Miss out of his mind. OJ Howard must put aside memories of those last few plays at the end of the game.
The team must own the attitude set forth by defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson,