Ole Miss Receivers vs. Tide Secondary
This is the matchup I really want to see. Brown and Metcalf are NFL bodies who can do it all. The Tide secondary is young, but full of talent. What better way to test that talent.
The defensive unit as a whole played better last week against Arkansas State, but Ole Miss will definitely be a more difficult challenge. Given time, Ta’Amu will find the open receiver. What Alabama can’t have are miscommunications that cost the defense chunks of yardage like they had against Louisville.
I expect the defense to show more blitz packages against the Rebels to throw off Ta’Amu’s timing and force him into bad throws. Still, the Tide will need to be ready for anything.
We should see more of the 1’s
Alabama’s offense has been a mixture of bodies in the backfield that’s included four different running backs and three different quarterbacks. On Saturday, I think we’ll see more of the first team offense on the field than one quarter.
No doubt that the offense will continue to rotate one of the deepest running back units in all of football; I’ll look for Damien Harris and Najee Harris to receive the bulk of the carries while Tua Tagovailoa spends most of the game in as quarterback.
This game could be a high scoring affair and if so, the first team will need to be ready to keep up. I’m also particularly interested in how Locksley is going to use Josh Jacobs long term as Jacobs is so dangerous in many different positions.
Special teams key for Alabama
Returners Josh Jacobs and Jaylen Waddle have already proved how valuable they can be given the opportunity to field kicks and break loose in the kicking game. What Alabama needs going forward are answers in the kicking game.
Joseph Bulovas came in relief on Saturday and kicked well for the Tide.
“He’s (Bulovas) done well all week, and I think he’s confident,” Saban said of Bulovas. “So that’s the plan moving forward.”
As always with the Alabama kicking game, we’ll watch closely to see how confident he is.
Skyler DeLong struggled again last week almost having a punt blocked and only averaging 35 yards per punt in four tries. As I’ve said before, DeLong’s ability to help flip the field will be beneficial to the Tide defense putting it in favorable positions.
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