There’s been one SEC team — and one team only — that has given Alabama major issues in conference play the past three years. That would be Ole Miss, which has won two of the three in the series and nearly pulled the upset off again last year.
This season however, saw a much different story play out between the two West division rivals.
The Crimson Tide did just about anything they wanted to the Rebels on Saturday night and jumped out to a 35-3 lead at halftime in a game they dominated on every level.
On offense, quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 94 yards and a third score on the ground. The Tide’s big tailbacks ripped off big chunk after big chunk running the football as they pushed the visitors around left and right too.
On defense, Alabama limited Ole Miss to zero third down conversions in the first half and recorded a pick-six for their 2,377th (approximately) non-offensive touchdown of the past few seasons. Young quarterback Shea Patterson was sacked twice and appeared to make every single one of his 17 throws under duress, fumbling late in the second quarter to nearly add to the team’s misery before it was recovered.
So it was a sharp contrast to this series’ history in recent years and actually a typical ho-hum, dominating effort for Nick Saban’s squad. The old coach probably still won’t be happy in the locker room but those with houndstooth on in the stands can probably rest a lot easier than they have been the last three seasons as the team marches on to another easy SEC victory.