In a pandemic-shortened season where there seems to be no certainty, even this year is looking all too familiar. Clemson and Alabama are on top of the college football world once again and both would need shocking upsets to derail that rematch. Clemson faces their toughest challenge on Saturday against a top-10 Miami team who looks rejuvenated and like the old Miami. Then there is Alabama. They will square off against their old offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, in what should be a steam rolling of Ole Miss. Both of their previous opponents, Texas A&M and Missouri, were beat by a combined score of 90-43. Those teams are arguably better than Ole Miss.
Kiffin was the offensive coordinator at Alabama for three seasons from 2014-16. It really revived his career after horrible head coaching stints where he spurned the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Volunteers and then went on to coach an unsuccessful at USC. Kiffin has won two national championships but only as an offensive coordinator. One was in 2005 with USC and in 2016 with Alabama. In that classic 2016 Championship game, against Deshaun Watson and the Clemson Tigers, he had seven players drafted to the NFL, including Derrick Henry, Calvin Ridley and O.J. Howard. In 2005 he of course had Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart. Kiffin has been undoubtedly been able to harness that talent but not at the highest position.
Of course Alabama hasn't missed a beat without Kiffin, but he was able to earn another head coaching gig at Florida Atlantic to spring board him into another high profile SEC job. Kiffin was the only coach at FAU to win the Conference USA Championship outright. He did it twice in 2017 and 2019. After a down year in 2018, his teams won two of the Owls four bowl games in program history. It turned his image as a head coach around, something the current FAU coach Willie Taggert (formerly of Oregon and Florida State) is trying to do now. How will Kiffin's understudy of Nick Saban's program and his growing experience at FAU translate to Ole Miss' matchup against the Crimson Tide?
What TV Channel is Alabama-Ole Miss on?
Alabama-Ole Miss will be shown on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream NCAA Football Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Alabama-Ole Miss
When: Saturday, October 10
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium - Oxford, MS
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch College Football free with fuboTV)
Kiffin's squad has played about as expected so far. They got blown out by a great Florida team who can't be stopped with their dominant air attack. They beat the Kentucky Wildcats 42-41 last week in an incredibly close game in which neither team went up more than one touchdown. This game was a good barometer of how good Ole Miss is. They are about as good as the Wildcats only winning after Kentucky missed the extra point in OT.
Which means they have the potential to be a middle of the pack SEC team. Which in any other conference they'd probably be a good team. This team can score a lot of points led by quarterback Matt Coral (715 YDs, 7 TDs, 1 INT) who actually has better stats than Alabama QB Mac Jones (684 YDs, 6 TDs, 1 INT). So why won't this be close? Because of Alabama's dominant run game led by Najee Harris and Alabama's world class defense who most certainly could contain the New York Jets of yes, the National Football League. Ole Miss has given up 600 yards in their first two games compared to Alabama's 386. 'Bama will go off while Ole Miss is likely playing catch-up from the first whistle.
Alabama-Ole Miss Betting Odds
Alabama Odds: -23.5
Ole Miss Odds: +23.5
Money Line: Alabama -2,500 - Ole Miss +1,050