Keys to Victory: Alabama Game

The Rebel defense played well and pitched a shutout last week and will need a repeat performance Saturday against the Tide. Go inside fo this week's keys to victory.

Tackle, tackle and tackle some more

The ongoing theme continues, and the meat of the issue is that the Rebels must make tackles and swarm to the football Saturday against the Tide. Last weekend versus La. Tech was a step in the right direction with Orgeron crediting the defense for being in the right place most of the time. However, execution is crucial with Terry Grant and Glen Coffee carrying the Tide rushing attack. Both backs can break plays and find the end zone.

Build off last week

Orgeron was quick to discount the importance of shutting out the WAC opponent, but it was a big deal no matter the opponent. Shutouts require solid play for four quarters, and at this juncture, Ole Miss' complete game is everything but meaningless. One big play can ruin a shutout, but the Rebels kept that from happening and blocked a field goal late. The effort should provide confidence and momentum entering the SEC showdown Saturday.

Seth Adams shaking off the rough outing

Adams has been the picture of consistency until a setback against the Bulldogs, and the senior QB has to be back on his game versus Alabama. The Tide should pack the box and force Adams to beat them. With an improved and steady group of wideouts, Adams can spread the field and free up rushing lanes for BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Bruce Hall. In turn, the playaction can become an option.

Consistency on kickoffs

Whether it is Josh Shene or Christian Albarracin, kickoffs must stay in bounds and returners, at worst, inside the 35. Forcing John Parker Wilson into long fields will enhance Ole Miss' field position and put pressure on the Tide special teams. The squib is still relatively working, but it is useless if it sails to the sidelines.

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