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Alabama football carries No. 1 ranking into marquee game versus Ole Miss

Nick Saban runs on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium for Alabama versus Southern Mississippi game
Photo of Nick Saban running on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium for Alabama vs. Southern Mississippi comes via University of Alabama

Alabama carried a balanced attack on offense and cleaned some areas defensively in its 63-14 win over Southern Mississippi.

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide maintain at the No. 1 team in college football, according to the new Associated Press Top-25 rankings.

Alabama found the end zone on offense and special teams versus the Golden Eagles, while its defense forced six tackles for loss, two sacks, nine quarterback hurries, and one interception.

Lane Kiffin and Mississippi will be at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday for a highly-anticipated game. Alabama must have its best performance on display in Tuscaloosa via CBS Sports.

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The matchup will feature two Heisman Trophy contenders, Matt Corral and Bryce Young, and two elite offenses. According to Vegas Insider, the Tide is a -14.5 point favorite over Mississippi. Ole Miss defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2015, but Hugh Freeze was its head coach. After seeing Clemson and Texas A&M suffer defeats, the new top 25 rankings are listed below.

Seven SEC schools are in the top-25, including four in the top-10.

1. Alabama

2. Georgia

3. Oregon

4. Penn State

5. Iowa

6. Oklahoma

7. Cincinnati

8. Arkansas

9. Notre Dame

10. Florida

11. Ohio State

12. Ole Miss

13. Brigham Young (BYU)

14. Michigan

15. Texas A&M

16. Coastal Carolina

17. Michigan State

18. Fresno State

19. Oklahoma State

20. UCLA

21. Baylor

22. Auburn

23. North Carolina State

24. Wake Forest

25. Clemson

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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