TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – It’s finally here: Alabama football and Nick Saban take on Ole Miss and Lane Kiffin to secure their place as the top team in SEC West.
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- End of first quarter: Alabama 7, Ole Miss 0
- Before this match, Ole Miss was 13th out of 15 in fourth position. Today, the Rebels are 2 out of 4 in his first two records.
- Ole Miss fails to convert back to fourth, this time in midfield. Alabama takes over from the downs on the Rebels’ 47-yard line.
- Reichard’s kick-off crosses the end zone for a touchback. Ole Miss will start her run on her own 25-yard line.
- Alabama scoring practice summary: 13 plays, 94 yards, 6:31 off the clock.
- Touchdown Alabama: Young finds WR John Metchie III in the middle of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown pass. Reichard’s extra point is good. Alabama now leads 7-0.
- Alabama driving and is now on the Ole Miss 28-yard line. So far, Bryce Young is 3-for-3 for 30 yards. While Robinson started at RB, Jase McClellan now has 15 yards on two carries. McClellan also has a reception for 11 yards.
- In Alabama’s first offensive game, Brian Robinson Jr. is indeed on the field to start RB.
- Another fourth down, this time Ole Miss is stopped at the Alabama 6-yard line. Declining turnover. The Crimson Tide will take possession of its 6. DL Tim Smith responsible for the shutdown.
- The conversion is successful. Do this 15 of 17 of 4th this season.
- A remarkable catch by Ole Miss WR Braylen Sanders put him 3rd and 2. Ole Miss will try again the 4th down.
- Ole Miss goes for her fourth and three at Alabama 35. The conversion attempt is successful. The Rebels are now 14 of 16 this season, with a fourth down.
- Daniel Wright checks the game for Hellams.
- After examination, the rider had indeed crossed the line to win. First and 10 Ole Miss on the Alabama 41-yard line.
- Alabama DB DeMarcco Hellams is slow to get up on the game, but an on-the-spot examination of the ball will slow things down even further. Ole Miss appears to have gotten the first down, but the appeal from the field was that the runner was short.
- Alabama starts off with a 2-4-5 nickel package in defense.
- Will Reichard’s kick-off landed out of bounds inside the 10 for a penalty to start the match. Ole Miss ball on her own 35-yard line to start.
- Nick Saban and Alabama arrived at Bryant-Denny Stadium:
- Wide receivers, running backs and special teams rushed onto the pitch in athletic shorts and track and field jerseys for the pre-game warm-ups.
- Today’s officials: Ken Williamson (referee); John Short (arbitrator); Stephen Ray (Senior Judge); Mickey Bryson (linesman); Daniel Gautreux (field judge); Sean Petty (side judge); Tra Boger (rear judge); Scott Walker (central judge); Justin Larrew (alternate); Mitchell Wilkens (replay official); Crathman Stephens (communicator); Tom Danner (TV link).
- After reports on Friday afternoon said wide receiver Ole Miss Jonathan Mingo would be out on Saturday after suffering a broken foot, Mingo is currently not on the pitch with the rest of the Rebel wide receivers for warm-ups from pre-game.
- Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. is on the field for the special teams warm-up. It should be noted that he was also on the field for the special teams last week but did not take part in the game.
- The rest of the team as well as Saban and his team are on the field for warm-ups. Lane Kiffin and the Rebels also joined us.
- Alabama Captains: LB Christian Harris, LB Henry To’oTo’o and QB Bryce Young.
- Robinson has just been announced as the starting running back of the Four Jumbotrons at Bryant-Denny Stadium, but only the first snapshot of the Crimson Tide offense will show that clearly.
- Both teams have left the field and we are about 20 minutes from kick-off.
- Weather at kick-off: 83 degrees Fahrenheit, 66% humidity, 15% chance of rain, 8mph winds heading south-southeast.
- Draw: Alabama won the draw and will carry over to the second half.
What could very well be Alabama Football’s Game of the Year is finally upon us.
While this was certainly a notable date in the calendar ahead of the 2021 season, coach Lane Kiffin and his Ole Miss Rebels will travel to the Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa next Saturday to take on the former Kiffin boss. Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
Saban currently holds a 23-0 record against his former assistants and will no doubt be looking to keep that streak alive. However, if there’s anyone in college football who has the chance to end that streak, it’s Kiffin this Saturday.
2020 wasn’t the first time Saban faced Kiffin, but it was the first time his team have played him as a former assistant. Last season, the Crimson Tide scored a thrilling 63-48 victory in an offensive slugfest at Oxford, a game that ended up being one of the toughest challenges for Alabama of all of 2020. This year seems to be the same level of challenge.
Ole quarterback Miss Matt Corral is currently leading the conversation about the Heisman Trophy, and for good reason. So far this season, Corral has completed 66 of 96 passes for 997 yards and nine touchdowns in the air. On the court, Corral has been equally impressive, passing 158 yards on 33 attempts and adding five rushing touchdowns to his 2021 resume.
It will certainly not be an easy challenge for Saban and Alabama. A win for either team would be a statement as the SEC West’s top team and share exclusive first-place possession with Arkansas.
And with that, here’s everything you need to know about Alabama vs Ole Miss:
How to watch: # 1 Alabama vs. # 13 Ole Miss
Or: Bryant-Denny Stadium
When: 2:30 p.m. HC
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Play-By-Play: Eli Gold, Analyst: John Parker Wilson, Sideline: Rashad Johnson) CTSN or on Sirius / XM 81
In line: FuboTV
Weather forecast: Partly cloudy with temperatures reaching the high 80s and lowers of the low 60s
Series Info: With Saturday marking the 69th meeting between the two programs, Alabama leads the all-time series with a 52-10-2 record. The last time the Crimson Tide fell into the hands of the Rebels was in 2015 when Ole Miss narrowly edged Alabama 43-37 at Tuscaloosa.
SEC schedule (Week 5)
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Tennessee at Missouri, 11 a.m., SEC Network
No. 16 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia, 11 a.m., ESPN
Troy in South Carolina, 2:30 p.m., SEC Network
Ole Miss Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS
No. 11 Florida at Kentucky, 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., ESPN or SEC network
Mississippi State at No.7 Texas A&M, 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., ESPN or SEC network
UConn at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m., ESPNU
# 23 Auburn at LSU, 8 p.m., ESPN