And, why shouldn't Johnny Reb be feeling pretty good right now? The offense is finally what I think Hugh Freeze wants it to be -- absolutely no semblance of a running game, big strong athletic receivers all over the field, a game-changing tight end, and finally, Ole Miss appears to have a strong-armed quarterback that can make throws all over the field.
On the other side of the ball, the Rebels return the most physical defense the Tide will face all-season. Nkemdiche, Conner, Elston etc. are otherworldly athletes and lead a veteran, deep defense. Alabama has some issues on the line; quarterbacking looks to be more of a question following the MTSU game, and special teams are largely wasted snaps.
Erik from Roll Bama Roll discusses (interview starts at 26:20 mark) his concerns with the Alabama offense and defense and breaks it all down for us as to what he thinks are the keys to Ole Miss winning in Alabama. Erik was adamant in his hesitation to don Jacob Coker as the answer at quarterback. He was also concerned very much so of how the smaller Bama corners will match up with the larger Rebel receivers.
Despite all those things in Ole Miss' favor, I still think that in a physical game, at home, looking to exact revenge, the Tide squeaks by in a contest that will be way too close for comfort for all sixty minutes. So, give it a listen, drop by Red Cup, read the relentlessly optimistic comments, and explain to the Rebel faithful why this is exactly the type of game Alabama is built to win -- no matter who's behind center for the Tide (and I personally think it will be Bateman for most of the game.)
Besides, these people eat cold fried chicken and question Alabama barbecue. Some things cannot be tolerated.