No. 13 Alabama welcomes in No. 15 Ole Miss for the SEC on CBS Game of the Week in a crucual early-season test for both programs. The Crimson Tide slogged their way to a 17-3 win at South Florida marred by less-than-stellar quarterback play from Tyler Buchner and Ty Simpson. The Rebels, meanwhile, ran away from Georgia Tech last week thanks to 21 fourth-quarter points in a 48-23 shootout.
This will be the first massive SEC West game of the year. Sure, there other division teams that have already played conference games, but this matchup between top-15 teams will help define the landscape of the division and could have massive ramifications in the race to the College Football Playoff.
What will go down Saturday afternoon in T-Town? Let’s break down the matchup between the Crimson Tide and Rebels with picks straight up and against the spread.
Alabama vs. Ole Miss: Need to know
Alabama is back to where it started: Coach Nick Saban announced Monday that opening-day starter Jalen Milroe will return to the starting lineup after Buchner and Simpson struggled last weekend. It’s odd that Saban made that announcement on Monday considering that Sunday isn’t a game prep day for the Tide. Nevertheless, here we are. Will Saban and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees alter the offense to fit Milroe’s specific skills, since he has the ability to make big plays on the ground? Or, will they try to fit a square peg into a round hole like they did during the win over Middle Tennessee and loss to Texas? The focus will be on Milroe, of course, but he’s only one part of the puzzle that needs to be put together in order to bring the Crimson Tide back into the CFP race.
Status of Quinshon Judkins: The star running back led the SEC in rushing last season but has struggled…