Alabama vs. Ole Miss

Hope Soto
October 4, 2017

"You want to start fast and finish strong", Saban said.

"They're a very explosive offensive team", Saban said.

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) on his 27-yard run for a touchdown as Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Shaan Washington (33) and Kingsley Keke (88) tried to bring him down during the fourth quarter of a college football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 in Tuscaloosa.

Ole Miss continues its three-game road swing with a trip to Auburn this week to face the Tigers. Alabama will use three running backs (Damien Harris, Najee Harris, and Bo Scarbrough), so Gates and Bing-Dukes (or whoever is playing alongside Gates in the middle) will need to stay alert and look for the run.

Hand's tweet said: "God is good".

PASSING PATTERSON: This Ole Miss team does something in common with the last one the won in Tuscaloosa: a talented quarterback.

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Ole Miss' Quarterback Shea Patterson: Everything in this game depends on the quarterback. He completed three of his five pass attempts for 51 yards and a touchdown through the air.

150: Jalen Hurts has thrown 150 consecutive passes without an interception - the fifth-longest streak by a Crimson Tide quarterback in program history.

And then there's Watford, the 5-star forward who described Alabama's practice as "a new atmosphere for basketball". They have to come out and play, not waltz their way through or the heat will be back on for Gus Malzahn. Nick Saban teams run the ball and control the tempo and the clock. The sins of the coach are not the sins of the team, but with a scandal like that, you've got to believe it has taken a toll in the Rebels locker room.

If A&M pulls off a similar and even more improbable feat on Saturday night at Kyle Field, the Aggies won't have to worry about being unranked this time next week. Hurts left the field early in the third quarter with 298 total yards to move into eighth place with 4,942 career total yards of offense.

There was a not-too-distant adage in Southeastern Conference football that the only team that could beat Alabama was Alabama. Ole Miss has been playing solid ball, despite their loss to California on September 16. Josh Jacobs only had two carries, but he averaged 25.5 yards each. He's, in a word, accurate, and he gets good help from those brawny receivers on the outside. That loss, coming off of two straight seasons without a national championship for the Tide had at least a few folks wondering whether the dynasty was dead.

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