Auburn vs Ole Miss

Auburn vs Ole Miss: Auburn owns the edge in the recent rivalry with Ole Miss, winning seven of the last nine meetings straight up and going 7-1-1 against the spread along the way.

The Tigers will shoot for more of the same when they meet up with the Rebels for an SEC West Division bout Saturday in Oxford, Mississippi.

College football point spread: The Tigers opened as 2.5-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

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Auburn vs Ole Miss

Auburn won two games in a row to end September but now shoots to halt a two-game losing skid after falling at home to Tennessee last week 30-24.

The Tigers actually drove the opening possession of the game 75 yards to a touchdown and later led 17-10. But a 20-0 Vols run spanning the halves, aided by an Auburn fumble returned for a Tennessee score, put the Tigers in a hole from which they could not climb out.

Auburn actually outgained the Volunteers 448-398 and held a 22-16 edge in first downs. But the Tigers lost the turnover battle 3-0, resulting in a minus-14 point differential. Auburn has also now outrushed five of its seven opponents this season.

Ole Miss owns a two-game winning streak following last week’s 37-33 come-from-behind victory at Arkansas.

The Rebels took an early 3-0 lead on the Razorbacks then fell behind 27-10 in the second quarter. They later trailed 30-17 in the third but ended the game with a 20-3 run, winning it on a Scottie Phillips five-yard touchdown run with just under a minute to go that capped a 97-yard last-gasp drive.

On the night Ole Miss piled up 611 yards of offense, 224 on the ground and 387 through the air. But perhaps most importantly the Rebels converted six-of-10 on third-down situations while holding Arkansas to just two-for-nine. Ole Miss has now outgained five of its seven opponents this season.

The Tigers beat the Rebels 44-23 last year and 40-29 two years ago, but this Auburn team is apparently not as good as those two were. Meanwhile, the Rebels are averaging 550 yards per game on offense this season, which should help keep them in this one.

Despite the Tigers’ recent success in this rivalry, the smart money here takes the points with the home dog.

The total has gone over in seven of Auburn’s last nine games versus Ole Miss.

The total has gone over in 10 of Ole Miss’s last 13 games versus its conference.

Auburn is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games.

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Wisconsin vs Illinois

Wisconsin vs Illinois: Wisconsin might be the only Big Ten team to play worse than Illinois did last week., Rutgers was worse than both of them, but that’s not the point.

The Illini offense was stuffed by Purdue in a 46-7 loss, but for the most part, the ground game has been terrific so far with over 200 yards in every other game. Mobile quarterbacks are an issue for the the Badgers, and AJ Bush has the ability to be a 100-yard threat, even if the Iowa linebackers bottled him up last week.

Wisconsin vs Illinois

Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 20

Game Time: 12:00 ET

Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI

Network: FS1

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The Illini secondary needs to come up with a slew of big plays and force mistakes, and it has to hope the Alex Hornibrook that played in Ann Arbor last Saturday night shows up in Madison.

Illinois allows completed passes, but it also makes a ton of interceptions with 11 so far on the year. Coming off a 7-of-20 day for 100 yards with a score and two picks – and after a mediocre game against Nebraska before that – Hornibrook has to prove himself all over again.

One Reason Why Wisconsin Will Win
Just how quickly can the Badgers rebound?

As good as Jonathan Taylor has been this year, the running game hasn’t been consistent, and again, Hornibrook hasn’t been great.

Even so, this year, when the Badgers run for 210 yards or more it’s 4-0, and it’s 0-2 when it doesn’t get there. Going back through last season, it’s 13-0 when getting to 210 yards. Illinois has allowed 210 yards or more in three of the last four games, with only Rutgers not getting there.

But this game really is more about Hornibrook and if he can any sort of a groove back. His receivers are solid, and he’s getting the time, but he wasn’t sharp against Michigan, but just a few weeks ago, he connected on 17-of-22 passes against Iowa.

Everyone but USF’s Blake Barnett has hit the 60% completion mark against the Illinois D that’s allowed over ten yards per throw in three of the last four games.

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What’s Going To Happen
It’s not exactly going to be a cathartic moment for the Badgers after the nuclear meltdown against Michigan, they’ll look the part again.

The running game will get things going, and then it’ll be Hornibrook, Hornibrook, Hornibrook, and the goal will be to get the running game back on track.

Illinois doesn’t have any sort of a passing game to take advantage of the mediocre Badger secondary, and it’s going to be a long, long day against a run defense that will be fine.

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Iowa vs Maryland

Iowa vs Maryland : Iowa have had a week off and are no doubt ready to get back on the field. On Saturday they take on Minnesota at 3:30 p.m. Iowa don’t have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 7-point advantage in the spread.

Iowa vs Maryland

It was all tied up at halftime, but Iowa weren’t quite Wisconsin’s equal in the second half when they met two weeks ago. Iowa came up short against Wisconsin, falling 17-28. Iowa’s loss came about despite a quality game from Nathan Stanley, who passed for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Meanwhile, after a dominant victory in their contest three weeks ago, Minnesota were humbled. They have to be aching after a bruising 13-42 defeat to Maryland. Minnesota were down by 13-35 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from.

There’s a ton of action standing between today and the final College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings, but there is clear separation up top for now. Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame are all undefeated, were each ranked in the top five of every single AP Top 25 ballot this week and are the obvious candidates to reach the playoff.

LSU, Michigan and Oregon made the biggest upward strides in the latest AP poll, which is reflected in the updated bowl projections below. Both the Tigers and the Ducks have moved up into New Year’s Six bowls. The Wolverines were already projected for the Fiesta Bowl last week, but it now looks like they’re headed for a more coveted spot in the Rose Bowl.

Conversely, West Virginia, Washington, Penn State, Wisconsin, Miami and Auburn all lost, plummeted in the rankings and slipped into less desirable spots in the bowl projections.

If Auburn doesn’t win at Ole Miss this weekend—it opened as a 2.5-point favorite, so a win is hardly a given—it might not even become bowl-eligible. The Tigers are 4-3 with likely losses at Alabama and Georgia and a potential home loss to Texas A&M remaining. If they fail to reach six wins, it would be the first time that a preseason Top 8 team failed to play in a bowl game since Texas in 2010.

Oklahoma vs TCU

Oklahoma vs TCU : the start of the 2018 season, Oklahoma and TCU had their eyes on the Big 12 Championship Game. Come Saturday afternoon,week with their first loss. Oklahoma rallied from a 21 point deficit

Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Oklahoma and TCU had their eyes on the Big 12 Championship Game. Come Saturday afternoon, there’s a chance only one of those teams will still have those aspirations. TCU has its back closer to the wall, having lost three of its last four games. However, Oklahoma has a sour taste in its mouth after coming all the way back against Texas in Week 6 only to lose, and it’s had an extra week to sit on that.
Oklahoma has won the last three games in this series, but two of those wins have come by single digits. TCU is a desperate team, and a desperate team is a dangerous team. Here’s what you need to know for Saturday’s matchup.

Oklahoma vs TCU

Oklahoma: The Sooners no longer sit atop the Big 12, but they still control their destiny in getting to the Big 12 Championship Game with games against Texas Tech and West Virginia still on the schedule. Oklahoma tends to play well after a loss and it’s had an extra week to rest up and prepare for this game. Though Oklahoma is no longer in the immediate playoff discussion, all it can do is keep taking care of its business. Who knows, maybe in six weeks time that narrative has changed.

TCU: The Horned Frogs could use a win here in the worst way. They’ve dropped three of their last four games and haven’t beat Oklahoma since 2014. With Baylor and Kansas State showing signs of improvement — both teams are on TCU’s schedule in November — the Frogs could easily get shuffled towards the bottom of the Big 12 standings in a hurry.

No. 9 Oklahoma travels to TCU for a Big 12 college football 2018 game at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday.Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Central, noon Eastern, with the game to be broadcast live on ABC. Oklahoma is an 8-point favorite, according to Vegas Insider.Oklahoma is 5-1, 2-1 Big 12, while TCU is 3-3, 1-2. The Sooners beat the Horned Frogs twice in 2017 38-20 in Norman during the regular season and 41-17 at the Big 12 championship game in Arlington,No. 9 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) at TCU (3-3, 1-2). Both teams are coming off a loss going into a rematch of last year’s Big 12 championship game. The Sooners are playing for the first time since firing defensive coordinator Mike Stoops after a 48-45 loss to Big 12-leading Texas on Oct. 6, when they overcame a three-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter before losing on a field goal in the closing seconds. TCU has already matched its loss total from last season, when two of the three defeats were to Oklahoma.

Lincoln Riley vs. Gary Patterson, the head coaches focused and excelling on different sides of the ball. Riley is the offensive mind at Oklahoma, while Patterson is the defense-oriented coach for TCU. While the Horned Frogs lost 17-14 in their last game, they held Texas Tech 31 points below its season average and allowed only 353 total yards — 248 under what was then the national-best average of 591 a game. The Sooners are now leading the Big 12 with 48 points per game, and their 525 total yards a game are only 27 shy of where the Red Raiders are now.

Michigan vs Michigan State

Michigan vs Michigan State: A heated Big Ten rivalry renews Saturday when the Michigan Wolverines visit the Michigan State Spartans at noon ET. Michigan is looking to keep pace with Ohio State in the Big Ten East, while the Spartans are seeking their second consecutive upset victory. Both clubs are coming off likely their most impressive outings of the season. Michigan routed Wisconsin 38-13 in a national showcase game, while Michigan State gave its most complete performance of the season in a 21-17 upset at Penn State as a two-touchdown underdog.

The Wolverines are seven-point sportsbook favorites and the over-under for total points scored is set at 41 in the latest Michigan vs Michigan State odds. Before you make any Michigan vs Michigan State picks, check out what SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel has to say.

Michigan vs Michigan State

A Nevada-based expert with 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in handicapping college athletics. He’s having another solid season in college football, hitting on 60 percent of his spread picks for SportsLine members. More important, he has a keen eye for the tendencies of the Wolverines, with a 7-2 record on spread picks involving their games over the past two seasons.

Two weeks ago, Nagel advised SportsLine members that Michigan would overpower upstart Maryland and pull away to cover the 17-point spread. That’s exactly what happened as the Wolverines came alive in the second half and rolled to a 42-21 victory. Anyone who followed Nagel’s advice is way up this season.

Now, Nagel has scrutinized Michigan vs. Michigan State from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick that he’s sharing only at SportsLine.

Nagel has taken into account that Michigan State (4-2) was uneven in the early going and appeared destined to come up short of many projections that pegged the Spartans as a sleeper to win the Big Ten. They squandered a 10-point lead in a loss at Arizona State and were outplayed by Northwestern in a 29-19 home loss as a two-touchdown favorite.

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But this historically late-blooming team looks as if it might be headed toward another strong finish. The Spartans scored the winning touchdown with 19 seconds left on a 25-yard pass from Brian Lewerke to Felton Davis to beat Penn State last week. The defense held the Lions to three second-half points while limiting their powerful offense to 394 total yards and 3 of 14 on third-down attempts.

Just because Michigan State has been rolling doesn’t mean it’ll cover against a Michigan (6-1) team that is hitting its peak while fighting for its first Big Ten title game appearance under Jim Harbaugh.

The Wolverines have won their first four conference games by a combined score of 156-61 and appear to be getting more dominant each week. They are coming off a 38-13 thumping of persistent nemesis Wisconsin.

Michigan limited Wisconsin’s vaunted running game to 183 yards, but the pass defense really shined by allowing just 100 yards and intercepting two passes. On offense, the Wolverines powered their way to 320 rushing yards, led by Karan Higdon, who had 105 yards and a score. Quarterback Shea Patterson added 90 rushing yards and touchdown.

We can tell you Nagel is leaning toward the under, but he has analyzed all key factors in this matchup and unearthed a crucial x-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. It’s only available at SportsLine.

Who covers in Michigan vs. Michigan State? And what crucial x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump all over Saturday, all from the senior analyst who’s 7-2 on picks involving Michigan.

Arizona State vs San Diego State

Arizona State vs San Diego State : Arizona State heads on the road for the first time this season. The Sun Devils will face San Diego State on Saturday, Sept. 15 at SDCCU Stadium.

Coming off last week’s home upset over then-No.13-ranked Michigan State, the Sun Devils are now ranked in No. 25 in the USA TODAY Sports Amway Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

How to watch Arizona State vs San Diego State

Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 10:30 ET
Venue: SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA
Network: CBS Sports Network

One Reason Why Arizona State Will Win

The San Diego State offense hasn’t been able to get going yet. Getting stuffed by Stanford is no big deal, but the O didn’t fly against Sacramento State, either.

So far, the passing game has yet to throw a touchdown pass, and now it doesn’t have QB Christian Chapman, who went down with a knee injury last week. He should be back with an MCL sprain – what Aaron Rodgers supposedly has – but give it a month. Ryan Agnew stepped in and threw two picks in the 28-14 win.

The ASU pass rush so far has been devastating with 11 sacks to go along with 20 tackles for loss. Against an SDSU line that’s been a disaster in pass protection, get ready for a whole lot of plays in the Sun Devil backfield.

One Reason Why San Diego State Will Win

Can the Aztec defense step up and carry the offense? The run defense has been amazing so far, and it’ll have to be special to make up for the potential issues in the secondary.

The SDSU pass defense hasn’t been up to snuff, but Bryce Love went nowhere in the Stanford win in Week 1, and Sacramento State didn’t go anywhere.

So far, the Aztec defensive front has been a brick wall – allowing fewer than two yards per carry – putting the pressure on the ASU passing game to take over. That can happen, but this should be a grind.

After the Michigan State win and with a trip to Washington up next, will ASU be looking ahead – and behind? Even after the 30-20 loss to the Aztecs last year, yeah.

Prediction & Line

Arizona State 26, San Diego State 13
Line: Arizona State -5, o/u: 48
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4

Washington vs Utah

Washington vs Utah : Washington Huskies will face off against the Utah Utes to kick off conference play. Here is everything you need to know before Saturday’s game. After securing a spot in the 2017 College Football Playoff, the Washington Huskies came up short against Auburn in the season opener.

Quarterback Jake Browning had off-season shoulder surgery and has struggled at times, but don’t forget that Browning was the 2016 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and the most efficient quarterback in the Pac-12 last season, a conference that included top-10 picks Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen.

How to watch Washington vs Utah

Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 10:00 ET
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
Network: ESPN

One Reason Why Washington Will Win

Just how good is the Utah offense?

It did what it was supposed to do in the opening win over Weber State, but it sputtered and struggled way too much in the 17-6 win over Northern Illinois. Worst of all, the running game stopped, being held to just 68 yards and under two yards per carry against the Huskies.

The Washington run defense hasn’t quite been a brick wall, but it’s been good enough when it has had to try.

The Utes are struggling to move the chains on third downs, they’re having a nasty time with fumbles – giving away five so far – and even the special teams are having a few mistakes.

Northern Illinois lived in the Ute backfield with 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Washington hasn’t done too much to get behind the line so far, but this is the week it starts.

One Reason Why Utah Will Win

This might just be the Tyler Huntley revenge moment.

The Ute quarterback was brilliant in last year’s heartbreaking loss to the Huskies, hitting 70% of his throws for 293 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 48 rushing yards and a score.

He gave UW fits, and he’s been decent so far with the passing attack. At home, he should be able to push the ball down the field a little bit against a secondary that didn’t stall Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham – he had a relatively effective, accurate day.

On the other side of the ball, the Washington offensive line hasn’t been great at keeping guys out of the backfield, too. Auburn’s defensive front was terrific in the win over the Dawgs, and now Utah’s D – currently No. 1 in the nation and with 19 tackles for loss – should be have its moments.

This won’t be the week the Washington offense goes off.

Prediction & Line

Washington 26, Utah 19
Line: Washington -5, o/u: 47
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

Ohio State vs TCU

Ohio State vs TCU : Ohio State continued to build its early-season momentum in its outing against Rutgers last week, defeating the Scarlet Knights 52-3. The win was the 900th in program history and, though coming against Rutgers, gave the Buckeyes an early leg up in the Big Ten East. Ohio State controlled the game from start to finish, with a stout defense that gave up just 134 yards from scrimmage. The Big Ten game also provided a crucial tuneup for the Buckeyes’ matchup this week with TCU, its toughest non-conference test of the season.

How to watch Ohio State vs TCU

Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Network: ABC

Ohio State (2-0) vs TCU (2-0) Game Preview

Over the past two seasons, the Oklahoma vs. Ohio State matchup was the giant Big 12 vs. Big Ten fight that ended up being a giant deal in the College Football Playoff chase.

This year, it’s TCU vs. the Buckeyes, and it’s a shot for Gary Patterson’s team to prove that it’s potentially good enough to be considered as more than just a good team in Oklahoma’s conference.

But Ohio State has been flawless so far without that Urban Meyer guy as the in-game head coach.

The defense gave up some yards to Oregon State – whatever. The offense has been an unstoppable machine. Next week the Buckeyes get Tulane, and they get their guy back from suspension to prepare for the Penn State showdown. All they need to do is get through this.

TCU was great against Southern, and needed a half to wake up after a delay on a Thursday night game. With a trip to Texas next, a loss could be the start of a rough run.

One Reason Why Ohio State Will Win

Nothing in college football is working better than the Ohio State offense at the moment.

Oregon State and Rutgers are Power Five programs with some Power Five talents, and the Buckeyes roared through both of them like they weren’t even there.

No. 1 in the nation in third down conversion, No. 1 in completion percentage,  No. 2 in total offense – Oklahoma State has that after two cream-puff games – and with a breathtaking array of weapons to keep it all going, TCU doesn’t have the offensive firepower to keep up.

Horned Frog QB Shawn Robinson has been fine, but he hasn’t turned it loose yet with the passing game. TCU’s offensive line has yet to allow a sack, but TCU O, meet Nick Bosa and company. The Buckeye pass rush is coming. However …

One Reason Why TCU Will Win

Robinson should be ready for this.

The talent is undeniable, but he just needs the experience. He has two games to tune-up, and he’s been solid with 112 rushing yards and three scores, and hitting 62% of his passes with a whole slew of big plays.

The talent is also there on the defensive side. Patterson and his coaching staff are good enough to throw the Buckeye offense several curveballs, and it starts with a secondary that hasn’t allowed much of anything so far.

To help do that, OSU QB Dwayne Haskins has to feel a little bit of heat – that hasn’t happened so far. He’s getting all the speedy parts involved, the NFL-caliber backs are doing their part, and the receivers are exploding. That has to be slowed down by a Horned Frog defensive front that should be able to get behind the line – at least, it should be able to do that more than Oregon State and Rutgers did.

Will penalties play a role? The Horned Frogs have been relatively clean so far, but Ohio State has been hit with flags 17 times in the first two games.

Patterson’s team isn’t going to hurt itself.

Prediction & Line

Ohio State 34, TCU 20
Line: Ohio State -13, o/u: 60
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Mississippi State vs Louisiana

Mississippi State vs Louisiana : The Mississippi State football team’s first road game of the 2017 season now officially has a start time. MSU and Louisiana Tech will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT on Sept. 9, Conference USA announced Thursday. CBS will broadcast the Week 2 matchup, which is set to take place in Joe Aillet Stadium (Ruston, La.).

These two teams last played each other in 2015, when MSU defeated Louisiana Tech 45-20 in Starkville. MSU also holds a 9-3 advantage against Louisiana Tech all-time. Mississippi State opens the season at home against Charleston Southern on Sept. 2.

How to watch Mississippi State vs Louisiana

Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS
Network: SEC Network

One Reason Why Louisiana Will Win

It’s only been one week, but new head coach Billy Napier’s team came up with something solid in the easy opener against Grambling. And now it has had two weeks to rest up and prepare for a Mississippi State team that might be humming, but also might be looking ahead to the SEC opener at Kentucky next week.

The Ragin’ Cajun ground game was fantastic in the opener – ripping off 315 yards – and it was sharp on the money downs connecting on 70% of all third down attempts.

The key will be to stop the big pass plays. So far, the Bulldog quarterbacks aren’t connecting on much – just 43% so far – but what they are completing looks great. No yards after the catch, control the game with the ground attack, and let MSU screw up.

The Bulldogs have penalty problems, committing 18 in two games.

One Reason Why Mississippi State Will Win

Yeah, so the quarterbacks can’t seem to connect on enough throws, but the offense is ripping teams apart averaging over 21 yards per completion.

The quick-strike attack is helping out an offensive line that’s been great so far in pass protection – it hasn’t allowed a sack – for an offense averaging 578 yards per game.

Louisiana has an improved team, and Napier is a terrific young head coach, but Joe Moorhead has the Bulldogs humming right out of the gate. The Ragin’ Cajuns aren’t going to be able to keep up the pace against a defense that’s not allowing a thing on third downs.

Stephen F. Austin and Kansas State combined to convert just six of 30 third down chances.

Prediction & Line

Mississippi State 48, Louisiana 13
Line: Mississippi State -31.5, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

Alabama vs Ole Miss

Alabama vs Ole Miss : Alabama football faces the SEC’s top-ranked offense in Ole Miss. The Rebels offensive coordinator Phil Longo is an innovative genius that has led high powered offenses at Sam Houston State. In 2016, Longo’s offense featured 4,500 passing and 2,000 yards rushing. This massive feat has not been reached in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

How to watch Alabama vs Ole Miss

Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
Network: ESPN

Alabama (2-0) vs Ole Miss (2-0) Game Preview

Yeah, be very, very afraid, Alabama.

Blowing up Louisville was fun, and ripping through a Sun Belt star in Arkansas State was great, but this is the dangerous game against a wounded animal that could turn out to bite the Tide.

Ole Miss doesn’t have a bowl game to go to, and it has absolutely nothing to lose.

It’s supposed to get rocked by the No. 1 team in the country. There’s absolutely no pressure here for an offense that’s been nothing short of amazing so far.

The Rebels are averaging close to 62 points and 600 yards per game so far after wild wins over Texas Tech and Southern Illinois, but the O was great to start last season to.

And Ole Miss lost to Alabama 66-3.

The Crimson Tide keep on rolling right along, but they were pushed hard in a 48-43 win in 2016, and were stunned in an everything-went-wrong 43-37 loss in Tuscaloosa in 2015.

Now we get to see just how this Bama D can handle the offensive pressure on the road.

One Reason Why Alabama Will Win

Tua Tagovailoa … let’s go.

Of course Alabama’s defense takes things up to a whole other level, and of course it’s been every bit as amazing as expected over the first two games, but this Ole Miss offense is a whole other thing.

If everything goes to plan, The Process gets the running game rumbling right away, the Tide get up early, and they win on blasting toughness on both sides of the ball in a second straight easy win in the series. But let’s say this does get into a shootout like the 2015 and 2016 games were.

Bama has the passer to make it happen.

Yeah, Tagovailoa has been brilliant so far – averaging a nation-high 13 yards per throw as the country’s most-efficient passer – and if turned loose, he should be able to destroy the Ole Miss secondary that gave up 322 yards to Texas Tech and got hit for 388 yards and four scores from Southern Illinois.

The Tide can throw this year. And they will.

One Reason Why Ole Miss Will Win

Jordan Ta’amu should be able to throw against the Alabama secondary.

Scottie Phillips has been one of the nation’s most effective runners so far – averaging over ten yards per pop with 311 yards and four scores – but no one’s running against the Bama defensive front.

However, this offense is relentless, strikes quickly, and is one of the only teams in college football with a receiving corps that might just be better than Bama’s.

And the rebuilding Tide secondary can give up yards.

Louisville’s Jawon Pass went for 252 yards, and Arkansas State threw for 218 – in blowout losses. However, the Rebels can’t and won’t be timid. AJ Brown and DK Metcalf have been incredible so far, Ta’amu has connected on 69% of his throws with seven scores and no picks, and the passing game will keep on coming for a full four quarters.

Prediction & Line

Alabama 55, Ole Miss 20
Line: Alabama -21, o/u: 70.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3