The three things Ole Miss must accomplish to pull off a shocker in Tuscaloosa. …
1.Protect the football
If this looks like a repeating key, it is, but ball-protection is a repeating problem.
The Rebels fumbled six times against Tulane and were fortuante enough to recover three. That’s unlikely to happen today.
Ole Miss players talked about Tulane’s ability to strip the ball. Perhaps that was a wake-up call for a team that will be faster, more physical and more successful at forcing fumbles.
2.Find the football
It’s not enough for Ole Miss defensive backs to be in position. They have to turn around and play the ball.
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron has thrown 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions. He’ll be accurate, so the Tide won’t stop itself in the passing game, much the way Texas did not stop itself. The Rebels will have to find the ball and make a play.
Physicality is not the MO of the Ole Miss defensive line. That’s OK if you utilize your speed.
The Rebels need to maintain the discipline of playing with their eyes, something they did not do against Texas, then be quick off the ball and in position. Physics may take over in some instances, as Hugh Freeze says, but more times than not that discipline leads to a defense that is disruptive.