Good Defense And Lots Of It
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We might as well go ahead and address the biggest issue this Ole Miss football team has. This Rebels defense has been very porous thru two games and it is highly likely they will once again give up a lot of yards. Thru two six quarters of two games we saw a Rebels defense which made some big plays when needed but bled points because of missed tackles and missed assignments. In those first six quarters the Rebels created 0 turnovers.
Saturday against the Tide the Rebels defense has to pick up where it left off last week. It will take hard, aggressive and physical play at all three levels of the defense to slow the Tide offense but the defense will also have to play smart. Tua Tagovailoa is a great QB but is still young and relatively inexperienced and should be tested on every down by coach Wesley McGriff but we wait to see what he plans to do to pressure Tua.
If the Rebels can play tight man coverage and force Tua to make quick decisions while getting pressure then the Rebels defense could see confusion from the young QB. The Ole Miss defense must get better pressure on the quarterback from the front seven. The Tide offensive line is big and talented but somewhat inexperienced which could help. The Rebels will have to tackle well to get stops in the Bama run game and really need to force 3 and outs. Getting stops in the red-zone will be the biggest responsibility the defense has Saturday and must play smart and avoid senseless penalties.