Tide Has 45-9-2 Mark Vs. Ole Miss

Alabama, 4-0 and ranked first in the nation, will host the Ole Miss Rebels (3-1) at 8:15 p.m. CDT Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium with television coverage by ESPN. Here are notes on the game.



Alabama leads the series with Ole Miss, 45-9-2 and has an actual on-the-field record of 48-9-2. (Three wins were vacated by NCAA penalty.) The Crimson Tide has won eight straight against the Rebels with the last Mississippi win coming in 2003. Bama has won 25 of the last 27 games dating back to 1977 and the Tide is 24-1 against the Rebels in Tuscaloosa.

At this time last year, the Rebels were 1-3. Mississippi's lone loss this season was to Texas in Oxford by a 66-31 margin. The Rebels bounced back last week with a 39-0 win over Tulane.

Alabama is 1-0 in Southeastern Conference play while the Rebels are opening conference play Saturday. This will be the eighth time in the last 10 years that Ole Miss has opened SEC competition with a road game, although it is the first time since 2004 since Bama has been the SEC opener for the Rebs.

This will be the SEC home opener for Alabama. The Tide went on the road to Arkansas to open league play with a 52-0 win two weeks ago.

In the pre-season, Bama's opening slate of four games looked particularly tough, with Michigan ranked eighth in the nation in the opener at Dallas and Arkansas ranked 10th in the nation in Fayetteville, but both those teams have performed poorly.

Alabama will have an open date following Saturday's game. Bama returns to action Oct. 13 at Missouri.

The SEC is the first conference to have four of the top six teams in a weekly Associated Press top 25 college football poll. Bama is ranked first in this week's rankings with LSU third, Georgia fifth, and South Carolina sixth. Additionally from the SEC, Florida is 11th and Mississippi State 19th.

Alabama has been ranked in the last 70 AP polls, the longest streak in the nation.

In the USA Today Coaches Poll, Alabama is first, LSU third, Georgia fifth, South Carolina sixth, Florida 12th, and Mississippi State 19th.

Ole Miss is 0-8 all-time against the nation's number one team. The Rebels are 58-138-2 all-time when playing against a ranked team.

Barrett Jones, Alabama's All-America lineman who was winner of the Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman last year, is one of 147 college football players nationwide who have been nominated for the prestigious National Football Foundation's scholar-athlete awards. Those 147 are also semifinalists for the 2012 William V.Campbell trophy, which recognizes the top football scholar-athlete in the nation.

The Crimson Tide has not trailed after the first quarter in its last 18 games, starting with the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Michigan State.

SEC teams make it appear important to score first. League teams are 29-5 (85.3 per cent) when scoring first this season. Alabama and Texas A&M are the only SEC teams to score first in all games this year.

After putting up points in all four quarters against Florida Atlantic last week, the Tide has now scored in 31 consecutive quarters. The last time Bama failed to score in a quarter was in the opening frame against Mississippi State last season.

One reason Alabama has been so good is Bama avoids turnovers. Over the past five years, in 58 games, the Tide has turned the ball over just 59 times (32 fumbles, 27 interceptions) for an average of 1.02 per game. Second best is Ohio State with 65 turnovers in its last 56 games (1.16 per game). The top two running backs in the rotation dating back to 2009 have lost only four fumbles in those 58 games. This year the Tide offense has lost one fumble and has not suffered an interception.

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