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Alabama’s trip to Oxford for the SEC on CBS game of the week packs all the punch you could ask for in an early season conference game. The top-ranked Tide have been on the wrong end of some funny bounces against Ole Miss recently and are not planning to become the first Alabama team under Nick Saban to lose three straight to the same opponent. Ole Miss has the league’s most prolific quarterback, a nasty, attacking defense and gets to host this epic clash on its home turf.

The theater should be tremendous, and if the game plays out the way Gary Danielson, SEC on CBS lead analyst, believes it will, it should be decided in classic SEC fashion: in the trenches.

“The game will be decided by whichever defensive line handles the weak part of the other team. [Alabama has] a young quarterback who could be a star, but he’s still young,” Danielson said. “Their major weakness is their offensive line is not physical yet, they can’t consistently open up holes and they don’t trust them to run the ball to win the game.

“They are going to be facing a defensive line that penetrates, disrupts with a lot of athletes. They roll a lot of players in, however, on the other side, the biggest weakness is Ole Miss’ offensive line. And they’re going to be playing against the best front seven in all of college football.”

Danielson offered a full preview of Alabama-Ole Miss after reviewing Luke Del Rio’s performance against Kentucky and discussing Auburn’s big opportunity against Ole Miss in our weekly chat on the SEC on CBS Podcast.


Source: CBS Sports / Gary Danielson: Exploiting weaknesses up front will decide Alabama-Ole Miss