Saturday, September 30, 2023

Ole Miss Looks to Remain Unbeaten as Rebels take on Crimson Tide

Ole Miss faces Alabama in their first divisional contest of the season in the most anticipated game of the weekend. / Photo by Amelia Camurati

The state of Mississippi is going to be rocking this weekend as both state universities will bring good national spotlight to their individual town.
The No. 11 Ole Miss Rebels host the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide in an SEC West showdown of two of the five teams in the division undefeated. Ole Miss’ kick off is slated for 2:30 p.m. CST on CBS.
This highly anticipated matchup has been circled on the Rebels’ calendar since it has been released with the hopes of a undefeated start to the season and a Top 15 battle at home.
Saturday’s game will showcase two highly talented offenses and defenses on the field.
Coming into this season, Ole Miss is led by a defense that leads the nation with 2.5 interceptions per game and ranked second with a total of nine interceptions. The starting line has not allowed a touchdown all season.
Last season, the Rebel defense had a few holes due to players out with injuries, but now junior C.J. Johnson is back with his triumphant return on the defense and is a real third down pass rushing threat to the opposition and junior Mike Hilton was out for part of the season with a hamstring injury.
In the last four games, Ole Miss’ opponents only average 8.5 points per game against the Landshark defense.
Alabama is coming into the game after a 42-21 win over the Florida Gators at home two weeks ago and a bye week last week. Quarterback Blake Sims threw for 445 yards in the game.
Sims on the season has done well, completing 71 of 97 for 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Crimson Tide running backs are led by sophomore Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon. While the receiving core is led by Amari Cooper with 43 receptions for a total of 655 yards and five touchdowns.
The Rebels look to revenge the 25-0 defeat last year in Bryant Denny Stadium, and the last time Ole Miss beat the Tide was back in 2003 by the score of 43-28.
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