Alabama Crimson Tide at Ole Miss Rebels - 10/4/14 CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0) at Mississippi Rebels (4-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Vaught-Hemingway Stadium)
The Line: Mississippi Rebels +4.5 -- Over/Under: 52.5 See the Latest Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide travel to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to play the Ole Miss Rebels.
This will be the first road test of the season for the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide. Quarterback Blake Sims is starting to come into his own, completing 73.2 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Despite a shoulder injury, Sims is expected to give it a go against the Rebels. Of course, it always helps when there’s a receiver like Amari Cooper on the field, as the Alabama stud has 43 receptions for 655 yards and five touchdowns. Cooper has 46.7 percent of Alabama’s total receptions and has put himself in serious Heisman discussions early on in the season. The Crimson Tide’s running game is also stronger than ever, as Kenyan Drake has four rushing touchdowns and Derrick Henry is averaging six yards per carry on 53 touches. Defensively, the Alabama Crimson Tide are allowing 14 points, 250.3 yards, and have forced four turnovers and seven sacks. Landon Collins leads Alabama with 32 tackles and Jonathan Allen has four tackles for loss.
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The Ole Miss Rebels are looking to put themselves on the map with a win and improve to 5-0. Ole Miss has turned to its defense during this impressive start, allowing just 8.5 points, 248 yards, and they’ve forced 11 turnovers and eight sacks. Ole Miss is 12-1 SU under Hugh Freeze when allowing 21 or less points. Deterrian Shackelford leads Mississippi with 23 tackles and Senquez Golson has three interceptions. Offensively, the Ole Miss Rebels go as far as Bo Wallace leads them, as he’s completing 71 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Laquon Treadwell is one of the top receivers in the country with 307 receiving yards and three touchdowns, while Jaylen Walton and I'Tavius Mathers have combined for five rushing touchdowns.
The Crimson Tide are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Rebels are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Just like Mississippi State against Texas A&M, this is a big chance for the Ole Miss Rebels to showcase their program and take a giant step forward. These aren’t your same Ole Miss Rebels from several years ago, as there’s some elite talent on both sides of the ball and enough pieces to pull off the upset. I’m going with Ole Miss and the points just to be safe, but I’m calling the upset here.