SEC Power Rankings: Georgia, LSU Do Battle To Keep SEC, National Championship Hopes Alive

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Sep 14, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Mississippi Rebels running back Jeff Scott (3) runs the ball against the Texas Longhorns during the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Ole Miss beat Texas 44-23. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

6. Ole Miss Rebels

Record: 3-0 (1-0)

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Last Week: Bye

This Week: at Alabama

Next Week: at Auburn

Vanderbilt on the road? Check. Texas on the road? Check. Alabama on the road???

Ole Miss had an extra week to prepare for the Crimson Tide with a bye this past weekend. We’ll see if that helped at all when they arrive at Alabama.

The key for Ole Miss if they are going to pull off the upset is controlling the ball on the ground and protecting the football. The Rebels currently rank 21st in the nation in rushing yards per game, and the defense has looked much better since allowing 35 points to Vanderbilt in the season opener.

Will controlling the running game and protecting the ball be enough to beat Alabama? Maybe. Alabama has been sporadic on both offense and defense to date, and look like the could be ripe for an upset so long as Ole Miss doesn’t beat themselves.

Beating Alabama is never easy, especially on the road, but this year it might be doable.