Saturday, October 10, 2020, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Mississippi., 6 p.m. ET
Crimson Tide at Rebels Betting Preview: Crimson Tide (-23.5), Rebels (+23.5)
Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama has given up only 184 yards rushing for the season, but problems defending the pass have been evident. Allowing Missouri to throw for 253 yards might have been understandable since the Crimson Tide jumped in front 35-3 and the Tigers were forced to play catch-up.
But Texas A&M upped the ante on that, passing for 335 yards and three touchdowns. Though Alabama still won by a handy 52-24 margin, coach Nick Saban was not a happy camper.
“I think the mental errors led to several explosive plays where we didn’t have somebody covered,” Saban said of his team’s play against the Aggies. “We need to get better.”
Certainly the offense has no such issues. Mac Jones has taken the reins at quarterback and ranks No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency with 38 completions in 51 attempts for 684 yards and six touchdowns against only one interception.
Matt Corral has thrived under first-year coach Lane Kiffin, establishing himself as the national’s third-most efficient quarterback. He has completed 76.7 percent of his l60 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns against only one interception as the Rebels have split their first two games. They lost their opener to Florida 51-35 and beat Kentucky in overtime 42-41.
Corral also has rushed for 101 yards, second on the team behind Jerrion Ealy”s 123 yards. Elijah Moore has gotten off to a great start with 20 receptions for 319 yards and a touchdown.
The problem for the Rebels has been a defense that has given up 604 yards on the ground alone. Opposing passers have nearly matched that with 597 yards and now the nation’s most efficient quarterback, Mac Jones, and a powerful runner, Najee Harris, are coming to town.
Crimson Tide at Rebels Betting Pick for October 10, 2020
Saban is 20-0 against his former assistants, and Kiffin, who already is down one after a 12-10 loss to the Tide when he was head coach at Tennessee in 2009, figures to become victim No. 21. He spent three seasons as offensive coordinator under Saban when Alabama won three consecutive SEC titles and one national championship. Kiffin’s defense can’t match up with Bama’s offense.
Crimson Tide at Rebels Betting Pick:
Crimson Tide 52, Rebels 31
Crimson Tide at Rebels Best Bet for Oct. 10, 2020
The Ole Miss defense simply doesn’t figure to be able to slow the Crimson Tide offense, let alone stop it. But the Rebels have some firepower of their own. Each of the last thee outings have produced combined point totals of 80, 91, and 69 points.
Crimson Tide at Rebels Best Bet: OVER 74.5
–Field Level Media