Ole Miss Football: The Rebels Can Now Set Their Sights on Alabama

Ole Miss Rebels Football, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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Mission not accomplished. Texas’ retooling of their defense with a different mind, had zero impact on Ole Miss’ read-option offense. The Rebels totaled 272 rushing yards with five different runners, throwing more smoke on a Texas run defense, which is third to last in the nation presently, an average of 307.5 yards per contest and over 800 yards in back to back weeks. Ole Miss sees this performance by a Longhorn defense with absolutely no heart, similar to their defense that gave up 66 points and 676 yards to Texas last season.

On Saturday night, the Rebels quickly took the first initiative, getting out to a 14-0 lead, the next 23 points would fall in favor of Texas. Therefore, the Horns were up a score at halftime. Ole Miss outscored the Horns 27-0 after the break, winning 44-23 in front of a packed contingent.

Ole Miss is 3-0 for the first time since 1989. They have five consecutive victories dating back to last season, moving up to No. 21 in this week’s AP poll. That balancing act of different Rebel rushers has led the team to three straight games of over 200 rushing yards to start the season.

Mississippi is playing the two-time defending national champion for the second straight season as a road team. This was to eliminate the Rebels playing on the road against Alabama and LSU in the same season. Ole Miss has the benefit of having two weeks of preparation and rest before hitting the straightaway for the Alabama game on Sept. 28. It’s a forgone conclusion. This year’s Ole Miss isn’t the same team from last season. Ole Miss have beaten two bowl teams, in their first three games. Out of the whole season in 2012, the team only beat one, the payback to Mississippi State. Ole Miss is 2-14 since 2009 against top-25 opponents.

Alabama bottled up Ole Miss, just 218 yards last season. The Rebels in the game, though, were three yards away on defense from giving up the least running yards last season to Bama, at 125. Ole Miss prematurely will keep this one entertaining especially after most others saw the Alabama biting on just about everything that A&M presented them. When is somebody going to shut down the duo of Laquon Treadwell and Donte Moncrief. Ole Miss was down 27-7 at recess last season to Alabama.

Ole Miss offense faces a defense that includes all but two starters, not named to the preseason All-SEC first three teams. Alabama gave up 628 yards to Texas A&M, the most in a game in school history. Alabama gained 618 yards on Ole Miss in 2011’s meeting. Nick Saban has a 15 game win streak away from home, a win against Colorado State next weekend, would put the Tide at a four game win streak at Bryant Denny. Saban has won the first four games in every season at Alabama, except in his first year on the job in 2007. The Rebels have only won twice battling the Crimson Tide, since both begin playing each other each season in the newly formed SEC Western division in 1992.

If Saban’s boys want a three-peat, then they better handle business here. Hot quarterbacks have beaten Alabama before at home, so Mr. Bo Wallace, the Tide have saved the last dance for you. This matchup for Ole Miss will go along way in determining how fall along Hugh Freeze infrastructure really is from catching up with the power three out of the West. Ole Miss has a sizzling offense on the burner approaching this game. “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez” or let the good times roll for Ole Miss in two weeks.

Zach Virnig is a SEC Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ZacharyVirnig, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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