It’s only Week 3, but possibly the most-anticipated matchup in the SEC is already here as No. 1 Alabama travels to face No. 19 Ole Miss on Saturday.
The Rebels are going for a three-peat and are looking to prove that the team that showed up in the first half of the season-opening loss to Florida State is who they really are. Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide are looking to continue their domination this season and break its losing streak to Ole Miss.
If the past two matchups are any indication, it’s impossible to predict anything other than the excitement that will flow through The Grove this weekend.
Here is what a few national media outlets are saying about the huge SEC West showdown:
- When you are used to winning every weekend, it’s easy to see how revenge could be on your mind when facing an opponent who beat you the year before. However, that strategy didn’t work for Alabama last season against Ole Miss. Therefore, the Crimson Tide are downplaying that aspect of this Saturday’s highly-anticipated matchup, writes the Associated Press.
- While some players are toeing the company line this week, some Alabama players are being honest. Star defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick said the Crimson Tide have a “chip on our shoulder,” according to ESPN’s Alex Scarborough.
- For Ole Miss, there’s not a whole lot of room for error. The Rebels enter Saturday’s game with one loss already, and if Hugh Freeze’s squad wants to stay in the College Football Playoff conversation, Ole Miss has to do what only Purdue has ever done: beat Nick Saban three straight years. The Associated Press’ Ralph Russo writes about the big weekend.
- When you break down the matchups, Alabama has the edge, but there are certainly matchups that favor Ole Miss as well. However, at the end of the day, CBS Sports color analyst Greg Danielson thinks it comes down to one simple thing: the battle in the trenches.