Rebels face tall task in Tuscaloosa
Ole Miss looking to win 3 out of 4 against Tide
This could easily be a David vs Goliath match-up in Tuscaloosa. The Rebels have a tall task on their hands if they even think about attempting to slow down the Tide. Alabama is averaging 303 yards on the ground per game. So far this year the Rebel defense has been susceptible to the running attack. If defensive coordinator Wesley Mcgriff can’t bring a better showing into Bryant-Denny stadium this thing could get ugly quick.
How it can be done
The key to victory for the Rebels is once again on the arm of Patterson. But this week he’s gonna have to play nearly perfect football for a full 4 quarters in order to have a chance Saturday night. Alabama is good enough with out helping them with costly turnovers and penalties. The Rebels will look to find some kind of ground attack to compliment Patterson and those big receivers. Look for Shea to get rid of the ball fast in order to avoid the rush of that front line of Alabama.
Both AJ brown and Sean Rawlings are game-time decisions. Both of those and Victor Evans practiced this week and Coach Luke expects them to go. Shea just looked lost without his star wide receiver on the field last week, so Brown playing will benefit the offense. Not to mention the fact that he was running for his life most of the game. If the offensive line can’t pick it up and give Shea some time then Ole Miss is definitely in trouble.
Game of the year for the Rebels
With Ole Miss facing a post season ban, the team has said they want to treat every game like a bowl game. This could be the biggest “bowl”game of the year for the Rebels. This could be the turning point and momentum builder going forward. With everyone doubting this team and Alabama being a 28 point favorite, this game has the makeup to be a perfect storm for Ole Miss. Do the Rebels bounce back in Tuscaloosa? Or will Saban and the Crimson Tide handle business as usual? Tune in at 8:00 on ESPN to find out. Hotty Toddy!
Cameron Russell is a life long Ole Miss fan and contributor to the Mississippi Social Sports Network.