No. 2 Alabama hosts Mississippi before first open date

              Alabama head coach Nick Saban works during a timeout in the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Mississippi (2-2, 1-0 SEC) at No. 2 Alabama (4-0, 1-0), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (CBS).

Line: Alabama by 37 1/2.

Series record: Alabama leads 50-10-2.


Alabama is hoping to enter its first open date on a high note — and without any more injuries — after going mostly unchallenged through the first four games. The Rebels are seeking a huge upset after a tough loss to No. 15 California.


QB Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama’s prolific passing offense against a defense that ranks 12th in the league in pass defense. Tagovailoa has thrown for 17 touchdowns without an interception. Ole Miss is allowing 288.5 passing yards per game.


Mississippi: RB Scottie Phillips could help out an uncertain quarterback situation after Matt Corral left the Cal game with bruised ribs. Phillips is averaging 90.5 rushing yards with four touchdowns.

Alabama: LB Anfernee Jennings has been a force in rushing the passer. He has three sacks to lead the team and his 20 tackles ranks third.


Alabama has won 28 in a row at home and 43 of 44. … The Rebels’ last win over a ranked opponent was 31-28 over No. 17 Mississippi State in 2017. … The Tide has won the past three meetings after dropping two in a row in 2014 and 2015. … Alabama guard Deonte Brown is returning from a four-game NCAA suspension, though coach Nick Saban hasn’t said if he’d resume his starting role. … Ole Miss set season highs with 348 passing yards and 525 total yards against Cal. … The Rebels lead the SEC in tackles for loss and rank second in sacks.