Matchup: #3 Alabama at #11 Ole Miss (Alabama -4.5, 53 at JustBet)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 4th @ 3:30 pm (EST)
Location: Oxford, MS (airing on CBS)
Preview: It should be pandemonium in Oxford as ESPN Gameday will visit The Grove for the first time ever this Saturday as the #3 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide take on the #11 ranked Ole Miss Rebels from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, MS.
The Ole Miss Rebels are at 4-0 on the season, and have been fairly dominant thus far winning by an average of 30.5 points per game. They are coming off a 24-3 win over a pesky Memphis squad, which saw their defense allow just 104 total yards. The Rebels are ranked 4th in the nation in total defense, allowing just 248 yards per contest, and are 3rd in the nation in scoring defense (8.5 ppg). Their offense is led by senior quarterback Bo Wallace, who has completed 71% of his passes for 1271 yards and 11 touchdowns. Wallace’s favorite target is sophomore Laquon Treadwell, who has 20 receptions for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ole Miss is also running the ball effectively, averaging 160.8 yards per game.
5 years ago would you have even fathomed the possibility of Lane Kiffin and Nick Saban standing on the same sideline? Well, the hiring of Kiffin has paid dividends for Alabama so far this season as their offense looks like the best offense they’ve had in quite some time. Senior quarterback Blake Sims leads an offense that is averaging 335 yards per game through the air (12th in the nation) and 258 yards rushing per game (19th in the nation). Their defense is still solid as well, allowing just 250.3 yards per game and is 5th in the nation in total defense. Alabama’s has had some impressive wins this year, and they look to be getting better as the season progresses.
Last season these two teams met in Tuscaloosa, with Alabama dominating 25-0. I realize that Ole Miss is talented and they’ve been pretty impressive, however this is huge step up in competition. Alabama was dominant last year, and this year I believe their offense is better. I realize Ole Miss has a great defense, but they’ve failed to get to the quarterback on a consistent basis. Alabama has a mobile quarterback and the best wide receiver in the country in Amari Cooper. Alabama has had two weeks to prepare, and it’s usually not profitable to go against Nick Saban in those situations. I don’t think Mississippi will have success running the ball, and I’m not about to put my money on Bo Wallace’s arm. I’ll take the better team with more time to prepare. Roll Tide.
2014 Week 6 NCAA Football Picks: Alabama -4.5, Under 53
Alabama at Ole Miss Score Prediction: Alabama 31 – Ole Miss 14