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Alabama football: Closer look at Crimson Tide's game today against Mississippi Rebels

Mississippi (3-2, 1-1) at No. 8 Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Alabama by 21.

Series Record: Alabama leads 43-9-2.

Last meeting: 2009, Alabama 22-3.


Alabama wants to rebound from its first regular-season loss in 2 1/2 years and has little margin for error in the SEC West. Mississippi could get another big confidence boost.


Alabama’s crimson-faced defense against the SEC’s top scoring offense. The Tide allowed 35 points to South Carolina. Mississippi has racked up 97 points in its past two games.


Mississippi: RB Brandon Bolden, the SEC’s No. 3 rusher, averages 103.6 yards per game. He will go against a defense that had a nearly 40-game streak without an opposing rusher topping 100 yards snapped by South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore.

Alabama: RB Mark Ingram has been held in check and gotten limited opportunities the past two games. The Tide could return to smash-mouth football after passing early last Saturday.


Mississippi’s 186 points are its most through five games since the 1935 team had 205. ... Last year’s 22-3 Alabama win came after a four-year stretch when the game was decided by 13 total points — all Tide wins. Bama has won the past six meetings. ... Alabama can match its third-longest Bryant-Denny Stadium winning streak of 18 games. ... The Rebels are second in a string of six straight SEC opponents facing Alabama after a bye.

— Associated Press