For the first time ever, the ESPN College GameDay crew will be in Oxford when No. 3 Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) plays No. 11 Ole Miss (4-0, 1-0 SEC) in Vaught–Hemingway Stadium. The game should be a hard fought battle between two SEC West foes and here are some "keys to victory" for each team courtesy of ESPN
Alabama’s key to victory: This one is going to be won in the trenches for Alabama. First, on offense, the line must protect quarterback Blake Sims, who is starting his first game on the road, from a group of dangerous pass-rushers that includes Robert Nkemdiche and C.J. Johnson. Second, on defense, Alabama has to find a way to get to Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace. If A'Shawn Robinson and Co. can force Wallace into a few turnovers it could swing the game in the Tide’s favor.
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Ole Miss' key to victory: Assuming the offense can do better than last year's shutout, this game is all about the defense for Ole Miss. It's the top unit in the SEC, giving up just 8.5 points and 248 yards a game. Something has to give in this one, as Alabama brings one of the best running games in the league (258.5 yards a game), while Ole Miss counters with a stout run defense, giving up 114.5 yards per game. The Rebs will have to control the line of scrimmage, but beyond the front seven Ole Miss might have the best safety tandem in the country in Cody Prewitt and Tony Conner. They will come in handy when its time to employ double coverage and bracket coverage against Alabama wideout Amari Cooper.