TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football has outscored its two SEC opponents 125-3 over the last two weeks.
The Crimson Tide checked in at No. 1 in the latest AP Poll following its 66-3 spanking of Ole Miss on Saturday.
Alabama received 44 first-place votes. No. 2 Clemson received 17 first-place votes. Oklahoma, Penn State and Georgia rounded out the top five.
Earlier Sunday, the Crimson Tide remained at No. 1 in the latest Amway Coaches Poll. Alabama received 58-first place votes. No. 2 Clemson received six first-place votes. Oklahoma, Penn State and Washington rounded out the top five.
Alabama amassed 613 yards of total offense Saturday night while averaging 8.2 yards per play. The Crimson Tide pounded Ole Miss on the ground for 365 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. Five different players — Jalen Hurts, Josh Jacobs, Najee Harris, Ronnie Clark and Bo Scarbrough — scored touchdowns. Alabama averaged 7.2 yards per rush.
Alabama took what it needed through the air, with Hurts throwing for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hurts missed a couple of throws early, but he settled in and had great touch on the ball as the game went on.
Hurts once again showcased his dual-threat ability with 298 yards of offense and 3 total touchdowns.
Ole Miss’ offense never seemed to have a prayer. Even as they attempted to move the ball, you could tell it was only a matter of time before disaster hit.
That came in the form of two interceptions by Alabama cornerback Levi Wallace, including a pick-six. Alabama’s pass rush was back after it, accounting for 5 sacks.
Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson hadn’t passed for less than 350 yards all year, but Alabama held him to 165 yards. Patterson didn’t have much time to set his feet because Alabama’s front abused the Ole Miss offensive line. Alabama finished the game with 10 tackles for loss.
Alabama travels to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.