The Mississippi Rebels upset the Alabama Crimson Tide last season, but Alabama is out for revenge this week. Ole Miss has a talented team, but so does Alabama. Here are three reasons why Alabama will defeat Ole Miss this week.
Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Here's what history tells us about Alabama and Ole Miss. Ole Miss has won in Tuscsloosa once 1988. The Crimson Tide didn't complete a single pass in that game. Ole Miss has never beaten Alabama in back-to-back seasons, not even with Archie Manning at QB. Ole Miss won't be making history this week.
Derrick Henry has looked like a freight train this season. He's played actually good competition too, going up against Wisconsin. He's a Heisman front-runner for good reason. If Henry needs a breather, Kenyan Drake is more than capable of stepping up. The Crimson Tide's passing game isn't perfect, but it doesn't need to be with such a dominant ground game. If Alabama ran all over Wisconsin, it can do that same against Ole Miss.
Ole Miss has put up great stats thus far, but look at the competition. The Rebels have played Fresno State and Tennessee-Martin. Neither of these teams are anywhere near the level of competition that Alabama provides. The Crimson Tide always have a strong defense and this year is no exception. A'Shawn Robinson and the Alabama defensive line will cause problems for Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly all afternoon. With a loaded defense, Alabama will pick up its first SEC win of the season.