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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Ole Miss Rebels: Watch Live Stream Online for Free; Preview

By Melissa Siegel - Posted: 09/28/12 09:14PM EDT
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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron leads the No. 1 Crimson Tide against the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday. (Photo: REUTERS / Mike Stone)

The national champion Alabama Crimson Tide open their home conference schedule on Saturday as they take on the Ole Miss Rebels. The game will be broadcast live at 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN, and you can also watch a live stream online for free here or here.

The No. 1 Crimson Tide remain undefeated on the season after breezing through their first four opponents. Their most impressive victory came on opening night, when they defeated the then-No. 8 Michigan Wolverines, 41-14. Since then, they have allowed a total of seven points in their last three games, including a 52-0 blowout of SEC rival Arkansas.

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Easy victories are nothing new for the Crimson Tide. Fifteen of their last 17 wins, dating back to the 2011 Capital One Bowl, have been by at least 21 points. Nine of those wins have been by at least 30 points.

Alabama has been aided during this stretch by its knack for forcing turnovers. Already the Crimson Tide have forced 12 this season, including three interceptions in its victory over Michigan. They are currently third in the nation in turnover margin, having only two giveaways on the season. Alabama has scored 70 points off those turnovers as well.

The Crimson Tide should thus be able to take advantage of an Ole Miss offense that has already lost six fumbles in four games this season. But if the Rebels can hold onto the ball, they may be able to challenge the Alabama defense. Ole Miss averages more yards per game than Alabama does and has only scored 21 fewer points.

The Rebels are particularly a threat on the ground, as they currently rank 11th in the country with an average of nearly 260 rushing yards per game. By comparison, Alabama averages 204 rushing yards per game, 38th-best in the nation.

Like Alabama, Ole Miss has not been tested much this season. The Rebels have faced only one ranked team, then-No. 14 Texas, and were blown out, 66-31. Indeed, Ole Miss has historically not had much success against top opponents. The Rebels are 58-132-2 all-time against ranked teams, including 0-8 against No. 1 squads.

Ole Miss may have the offensive weapons to keep up with Alabama. After all, the Rebels racked up nearly 400 yards against a Texas squad that is only allowing 16 points per game.

But Ole Miss is allowing 25.8 points per game, a number that would be higher if not for last week's shutout of Tulane, one of the worst offenses in the nation. Thus, Alabama's 13th-ranked offense should have no problem moving the ball against the Rebels.

Ole Miss allowed 66 points against Texas, the seventh-best offense in college football, and  while the Crimson Tide attack might not be that successful, it should still put up enough points to win.

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