The 2-0 Alabama Crimson Tide look to continue where they left off last week in a dominant win over Texas A&M. They travel to Oxford to face an Ole Miss team that beat Kentucky in a shootout one week ago. Here are the three keys to an Alabama victory:
By Steve Wright
Prepare for some weather
Hurricane Delta is bearing down on SEC country and it has already caused the LSU/Mizzou game to be switched from Baton Rouge to Columbia. It also looks like the ‘Bama/Ole Miss game will be affected, with the game time being moved later in the day in an attempt to avoid the brunt of the storm as it crosses Mississippi.
These means that while the game looks like it will go ahead, the conditions are not going to be anything close to ideal on Saturday. The plus for Alabama is that a rainy, windy game actually plays to their strengths or running the ball with Najee Harris and playing hardnosed defense against a team that likes to get a little tricky with the ball in the air. Don’t be cute here and come away with a win.
Run the ball
This should have been the game plan anyway, but with the weather, it just has to be how the Crimson Tide approaches this game. Ole Miss won in overtime last week against Kentucky, but they gave up 408 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in the process. Now they play against Harris – the best running back in the entire conference – and an offensive line that knows how to create lanes for their star. Harris is also a safe pair of hands having not yet lost a fumble in his college career. Important if the ball is as wet as expected.
Be better in the secondary
The ‘Bama secondary hasn’t been great yet this season. Kellen Mond went for 335 through the air and three scores for the Aggies, albeit in a game Alabama had well in hand when he picked up most of his yardage. The Rebels are led by Matt Corral – the third-best player in the country in passing efficiency – and he has passed for 715 yards and seven scores in three games. The weather could be a factor here, but it would be nice to see a four-quarter effort from the defensive back seven.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ALABAMA-OLE MISS GAME
ALABAMA AT OLE MISS GAME TIME ADJUSTED DUE TO HURRICANE DELTA
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (October 8, 2020) (SEC Release) – The kickoff time for the Alabama at Ole Miss football game to be played Saturday in Oxford has been changed to 6:30 pm Central Time due to Hurricane Delta, it was announced Thursday. The game was originally scheduled to start at 5 pm CT.
The change in start time was made to provide a forecast for better game conditions.
The game will be televised by ESPN as originally planned.