(1) Alabama at Ole Miss – 7:00 p.m. ET – ESPN
The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Ole Miss Rebels in one of two SEC West showdowns this weekend. The Ole Miss offense has been more than impressive to start the season and look to challenge a young but talented Alabama secondary on Saturday.
Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta’amu leads the SEC with 784 passing yards while completing 70 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns on the season. Not to take anything away from Ta’amu, but wide receiver A.J. Brown has the talent to make any quarterback shine. Brown is an extremely physical receiver, who entered the season as a top-ranked prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft and has lived up to the hype thus far.
When you add in the 6-foot-4, 240-pound D.K. Metcalf on the other side of the field, many can see why the Alabama secondary will be challenged this weekend. If Ole Miss wants to send the Grove into a frenzy, they will need to light up the scoreboard, because Alabama has the power to keep up offensively.
The Crimson Tide have settled in with quarterback Tau Tagovailoa as the starter, which has worked out well to start the season. Tagovailoa has turned a rather dry, but still dominate offense, into a dynamic attack that can beat you almost any way.
Running backs Damien Harris and Najee Harris have the ability to wear down any defense in the country, but when teams try to stack the box, Tagovailoa has the skills to sling it downfield and beat you over the top. While Ole Miss is expected to put up some points this weekend, everyone knows Nick Saban will have this team ready to play this coming Saturday.
The question to be answered is whether or not the inexperienced Alabama secondary can slow down Ta’amu and A.J. Brown. It will not be an easy task, but don’t expect Alabama to start 0-1 in conference play.