If there’s one man who knows what it takes to beat Alabama, it’s Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.
After all, he’s the only man to accomplish the feat in the last two seasons and is actually 2-1 against the Crimson Tide in the last three seasons, with the lone loss coming this year after a second-half collapse in a game that looked like it could be three-in-a-row for the Rebels.
So Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde gave Freeze a call in advance of the College Football Playoff, which is set to begin on Saturday when Alabama plays Washington and Clemson takes on Ohio State.
Forde reports that Freeze agreed to talk about what it takes to beat Alabama, but only under the condition that he let readers know that Freeze does not believe anyone can beat the Crimson Tide this season. So, we’re letting you know that as well.
But if someone were to knock off the Crimson Tide, Freeze told Forde the one thing they’ll have to have is a strong quarterback.
“Even to have a chance, you have to have a good quarterback,” Freeze said, according to Forde. “I don’t believe you can beat them without that guy. If you don’t have that guy, you might oughta just not show up.”
Freeze won once with Bo Wallace and the second time with Chad Kelly at the position for the Rebels. Washington’s Jake Browning, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett would seemingly fit the description of a “good quarterback” in this scenario.
Nick Saban himself called Watson the best college football quarterback since Cam Newton after the Tigers took the Crimson Tide to wire during last season’s CFP championship game. One has to believe that Saban would prefer to not deal with Watson a second time, if he were to have a say in the matter.