Top-ranked Alabama opened SEC play at Ole Miss on Saturday with some questions to answer. Here’s how UA answered four of them:
1. Will the scoreboard explode?
Only one side of it. The Crimson Tide and the Rebels had combined to score 231points in the season’s first two weeks, and Alabama stepped on the accelerator while putting the brakes on Ole Miss. Alabama had 49 points by halftime, while the Rebels scored on the first play of the game and didn’t score again. By the end, Alabama won 62-7.
2. Do both quarterbacks play?
Tua Tagovailoa was splendid, completing 11 of 15 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns before calling it a night in the second quarter. Jalen Hurts spelled him to go 7 of 10 for 85 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. Third-stringer Mac Jones got extensive playing time later in the game.
3. Can Alabama cover the Rebels’ wideouts?
Ole Miss threw deep to D.K. Metcalf for a 75-yard touchdown on its first snap, but the highly-touted Ole Miss receiving corps didn’t offer much of a threat the rest of the way. The Rebels came in averaging more than 400 passing yards per game and ended up with 133, gaining just 58 yards through the air after the first play.
4. What about the running game?
Alabama had run somewhat effectively in its first two outings, but had been for from overwhelming. Damien Harris scored on a 43-yard run on the Crimson Tide’s first possession, and the ground game was able to rip off some runs for big chunks. UA finished with 210 rushing yards, averaging 4.8 yards per ca