Ole Miss comes into Bryant-Denny Stadium looking to start 4-0 for the first time since 1970. But a Rebels' win in Tuscaloosa is rare. You have to go back to 1988 for the last and only time (24-1) Ole Miss celebrated a victory in Tuscaloosa.
But Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze has this team playing on a different level.
"They're a very good football team," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "[Ole Miss quarterback] Bo wallace does a really good job of operating their hurry-up, speed, effective. They're got really good skill players."
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We hear it all the time in college football. Hurry-up offense is the trend. Wallace leads the way with seven total touchdowns to one turnover for an offense that is averging 38 points over the first three games.
"We played pretty good in this game last year, only giving up 13 points," Saban said. "We can say we're more prepared but we gave up 42 points when we played against it the last time."
Saban is referring to the shoot out against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M's hurry-up offense, when Alabama needed 49 to win.
"I've watched that game very carefully, several times now," Freeze said. "I don't think that's what we will see, again because of who is taking the snap there."
Freeze, in his second season at Ole Miss, compares his quick-play offensive innovation to what Saban has done on the other side of the ball for years.
"Coach Saban has done the same thing defensively in my opinion," Freeze said. "He came in and has been cutting edge of the defensive stuff.
"He's going to give you so much stuff, and every game he's going to have a new wrinkle on third down that you may or may not be ready for," Freeze said.
21st-ranked Ole Miss will take on top-ranked Alabama at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday.
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