- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

No. 3 ALABAMA (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 11 MISSISSIPPI (4-0, 1-0), 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

Line: Alabama by 6.

Series Record: Alabama leads 47-9-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Ole Miss is hosting arguably its biggest game since the SEC Western Division title was on the line vs. LSU in 2003. The Rebels are 4-0 for the first time since 1970 and could move to 5-0 for the first time since 1962. Alabama will try to keep its string of dominance going against the Rebels and become one of the clear favorites in the SEC West. The program has a 10-year winning streak in the series.

KEY MATCHUP

Alabama’s passing game against Mississippi’s defense. Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has brought innovation to Alabama’s offense and the results through four games have been impressive. QB Blake Sims threw for 445 yards and four touchdowns in his last outing against Florida. The Ole Miss defense is statistically the best in the SEC, giving up just 8.5 points per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alabama: WR Amari Cooper. The 6-foot-1 junior is off to a blazing start this season, with 43 catches for 655 yards through just four games. With a good game against the Rebels, Cooper could move into 3rd place in Alabama history for career receptions.

Ole Miss: QB Bo Wallace. The 6-foot-4 senior is one of the most prolific passers in the SEC, throwing for 1,271 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. But he’s also been mistake-prone, with six interceptions. He had a rough game against Memphis last week, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble.

FACTS & FIGURES

Ole Miss and Alabama are two of 17 remaining teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision that are still undefeated. … The Rebels’ defense has given up just two touchdowns this season, which leads the nation. … Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze will be going for his 50th career coaching victory on Saturday. He’s also been the head coach at NAIA-level Lambuth and Arkansas State. … Alabama has four out of its next five games on the road. … Alabama has a 21-1 record in October over the past six seasons. … Alabama is averaging 594.3 total yards per game so far this season, which is the best offensive start in school history.

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