Saturday the Rebels open the SEC portion of the 2018 Ole Miss football schedule when the No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide come to Oxford.
Ole Miss football is now 2-0 as the Rebels open the SEC schedule Saturday in Oxford against the No.1 Alabama (2-0). Coach Phil has shown the scoring potential the of the nations No.8 offense with both of their wins putting up 123 points and 1,192 yards of total offense with 815 yards coming thru the air and 377 on the ground. Of course, for Rebels fans the worries lie on the defensive side of the ball which is ranked 128th in the nation. The Rebels defense has given up 63 points and 1,115 yards allowing 710 yards thru the air and 405 yards on the ground.
The Crimson Tide come into the game heavily favored over the Rebels and for good reason. Thru two games Saban and the Tide have put up 1,118 yards of total offense with 618 yards coming thru the air and 500 yards on the ground. The Tide defense has allowed 659 yards thru two game giving up just 189 yards on the ground while giving up 47 yards thru the air. Alabama has some big play-makers on the offensive side of the ball with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and the Alabama receivers. Of course, the Tide also have a strong running game as usual.
Each season Nick Saban and the Tide are going to be good and this year is no exception. This Tide offense could easily wind up the best in program history by the end of season. However, after two games the jury is still out on the Bama defense. The same holds true for the Ole Miss football program when it comes to the offense. Coach Phil Longo’s offense highlights the SEC passing leader, the SEC leading rusher and three NWO WRs in the SEC Top5 in receiving yardage. This offense is right now the best many of us have seen.
Saturday there will be a lot of Rebels fans watching the Ole Miss offense expecting to see some success against the Bama defense. Most of those same Rebels fans are worried about and hoping for a defense which can be more than a speed bump for the Bama offense. Yes Bama is a very good team and are favored but there were also very good Bama teams in 2014 and 2015. Alabama was also favored in both of those games as well. Of course those were different teams with different players but doesn’t change the fact the Rebels won then and could again. Here are five keys to getting a win over the No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide in 2018.