No. 10 Alabama Looks for Rebound in Road Game Against No. 11 Ole Miss

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Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (9) celebrates after throwing a pass for a touchdown during the second half of the team’s NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. LSU won 32-31 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

No. 10 Alabama will try to rebound from its second defeat of the season as it goes on the road to face No. 11 Ole Miss.

Alabama (7-2, 4-2 SEC, No. 9 CFP) is coming off a 32-31 overtime defeat at No. 7 LSU and has suffered both losses, the other at Tennessee, on the last play while on the road. The Crimson Tide is still favored in this game by double digits.

Alabama may well be out of national title contention with two last-play defeats. But the Crimson Tide still has the chance for a prominent bowl game and another season of at least 10 wins. So does Ole Miss (8-2, 4-1, No. 11 CFP), whose only loss came to No. 7 LSU, which just beat the Tide 32-31 in overtime.

Alabama hasn’t lost back-to-back regular season games since Nick Saban’s debut season in 2007.

The key matchup is Alabama’s defense against the Ole Miss running game, which is leading the SEC and ranks third nationally with an average of 267.4 yards a game. The Tide has mostly been solid in defending the run, giving up 104 yards a game on the ground. That’s third-best in the SEC and 11th nationally.

Bama quarterback Bryce Young’s chances of repeating as Heisman Trophy winner and leading the Tide to a national championship have faded. But he’s still one of the nation’s top quarterbacks and needs to find a way to help rally Alabama to a strong finish.

Meanwhile, Ole Miss running back Quinshon Judkins has been one of the league’s best runners as a freshman. The native of Pike Road, Alabama, wasn’t offered a scholarship by Tide coaches, who might be regretting that now. Judkins has run for 1,036 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Alabama is 10-3 all-time in Oxford, and has totaled 173 points on its last three visits to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Saban could tie Joe Paterno for second all-time if he can pick up win No. 27 in true road games against ranked teams. Bobby Bowden leads the way with 33.

Kickoff is at 2:30PM CST on CBS 8.

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