There haven’t been very many teams to consistently challenge Alabama in the Nick Saban era, but recently the Ole Miss program has been a worthy challenger. Not only have they handed the Crimson Tide a few blowing losses, but have now partnered with former Saban offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to try and take down the beast.
The Rebels believe the marriage with Kiffin will create a winning formula when it kicks off against the Crimson Tide on Saturday inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Whether it’s the team’s current makeup of the roster or leaning on recent history there are a couple of areas to point to which make Saturday’s matchup worrisome for Alabama fans.
1. Ole Miss has beaten Alabama the last two times it entered the game ranked inside the top 15
It seems as if whenever the Rebels find themselves in the upper portion of the national rankings, it has the ability to give the Crimson Tide a game. The last two times Ole Miss has been ranked 15 or better it’s taken down Nick Saban’s teams, no matter how many first-round picks run onto the field.
In both games, the Rebels have had the makeup to match Alabama in its most dominant parts of the game. Back in 2014, it had a defense backed by a hostile home crowd to hold its future head coach in Kiffin from getting the Alabama offense past 20 points.