December 16 2017

Matt Luke reacts after Ole Miss 66-3 loss to #1 Alabama

December 16 2017, 03:08 | Sammy Rose

No. 1 Alabama vs. Ole Miss: Game outlook, where to watch, listen

Nick Saban

Per SportsBookReview, the betting lines have been set for this Saturday night showdown between Alabama and Ole Miss. The Rebels' 2015 victory at Alabama is the Tide's last loss at home and only setback in Bryant-Denny Stadium in its last 29 games.

Hurts got his - 12 of 19 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns, plus 101 yards and a touchdown rushing - and so did his backup. Ole Miss has had some difficulty this season stopping the run, and its opponents have taken advantage of the middle of the Rebels' defense. The offense cruised up and down the field and the stifling defense didn't allow Ole Miss to have any breathing room, coming up with five sacks. A three-and-out would put the Ole Miss possession to rest.

While the visit reportedly went well, SEC Country is reporting that Alabama doesn't think it's going to receive a commitment from the top prospect. Give me Auburn here in a rout.

Ole Miss has had Alabama's number the last few years, so maybe this year was payback for the last three seasons.

Meanwhile, Alabama also might've gotten a good indication on where things stand with a key 2018 prospect (that wasn't in town this weekend), Jared Butler.

Forty-four seconds later, Alabama found the end zone again when senior cornerback Levi Wallace picked off Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson's pass to DaMarkus Lodge and returned it 35 yards for the pick-six touchdown. 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. The post says, "Army, wrapping up a very busy football day".

Hoping to come out with new life after the break, the Rebels did not.

Saban talked earlier this week about how he stressed to his players the importance of not just winning a game, but defeating the opponent. "We were really, really happy to see Ronnie have (that) positive self-gratification for all his dedication and hard work, and commitment to the program and the team in every way that he's been able to contribute". The Tigers last pulled off the feat in 1987, when they smashed Mississippi State and Vanderbilt in consecutive weeks.

"This is another division game against a good team". "People respond better sometimes to bad things happening than they do when good things happen". Brown leads the SEC with 389 yards receiving.

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