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NCAA Football: California at Mississippi Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Friday, everyone. Ole Miss rolls into town to take what is a fairly inevitable beating. Your previews:

Of course, Ole Miss has no one to blame but itself for the state the program is in. And Rebels fans will always have those victories over Alabama in 2014 and 2015, whether the NCAA recognizes them or not.

Still, it’s not necessarily a good thing when Saturday’s outcome is more or less a foregone conclusion (Alabama is a 38-point favorite) … unless you’re a Crimson Tide fan, that is.

The Rebels are more than a five-touchdown underdog against the Crimson Tide, which is understandable. Whether it’s Matt Corral or John Rhys Plumlee, the Rebels will start a freshman at quarterback against the No. 2 team in the country, on the road. Ole Miss can try and keep Alabama’s defense honest with Scottie Phillips, but the Tide have entirely too much firepower as any number of skill position players can take a slant pass 75 yards to the house. Expect Tua Tagaovailoa to have another big game as ‘Bama pulls away quickly and rolls to another easy victory.

Prediction: Alabama 56, Ole Miss 17

It’s not going to be easy, but scoring points is part of the equation if the Rebels are going to show improvement in these games.

From a personal standpoint, the game is at 2:30 and not 8:30 which means I have a chance to get home before midnight.

That’s a win for me.

Hopefully the Rebels will find their wins within the game along the way.

Prediction: Alabama 45, Ole Miss 17

Is Ole Miss really five touchdowns worse than Alabama? That’s hard to say. But is Alabama capable of beating Ole Miss by five touchdowns? That’s a definitive yes.

If Ole Miss’ offense can control the clock better than Alabama’s first four opponents have been able to, and if the defense can mitigate Alabama’s speed and talent in the passing game, this game could be closer than Vegas is projecting.

But if Ole Miss and Alabama both slot into the trends they’ve been showing throughout September, a 35-point blowout might not be out of the question.

This game is a clear mismatch. The only question will be whether Alabama can start fast and maintain consistency long enough to turn it into a blowout, which typically isn’t a problem for the Tide against conference foes. Maybe Ole Miss has a surprise or two for a defense that is still learning on the fly, but it won’t amount to much.

Call it 56-13, and let’s move on to Aggieland. Of course, that is just my opinion. Vote and give us your score in the comments.

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What will be Saturday’s result vs. Ole Miss?

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  • 63%
    Saban: "Luke, I am your father." Tide covers 38.
    (446 votes)
  • 33%
    Alabama sleepwalks a bit, Tide by 20-37.
    (231 votes)
  • 1%
    Luke summons The Force, Tide by 1-19.
    (9 votes)
  • 1%
    Ole Miss shocks the world (seriously, what are you smoking?)
    (12 votes)
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Ole Miss will be served Cornbread, though we don’t know how much.

“He’s worked very, very well,” Saban said. “Very talented guy because he’s a very good athlete, he’s got great balance and body control and he’s probably the most powerful, explosive guy that we have on the whole offensive line. ... When he played for us last year, he played very well at times. Some inconsistency because he was sort of an inexperienced player and I think he’s a lot more mature right now. But he’s always a guy that we’ve struggled with to keep him in shape, to get him in shape, to get his weight where it needs to be so he can sustain his performance.”

Saban says that Brown will play at both guard spots on Saturday. He is certainly explosive as he mentioned, but we need to see how he does in pass pro as well.

Last, there is a huge basketball recruit on campus as we speak.

Nate Oats has Alabama in the mix for quite a few elite basketball talents.

We will see how many he lands, but early returns suggest that guys want to play for him. Exciting times.

That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend.

Roll Tide.