Alabama Crimson Tide left searching for offensive identity

At its own 17-yard line, the Alabama defense held the Rebels and forced them to settle for a field goal.


Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly (10) smiles as he runs off the field after Ole Miss beat Alabama 43-37 in an NCAA college football game, Sunday, September 20, 2015, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Selection Committee tackles a wild Week 3 by talking to voters Steven Godfrey and Spencer Hall about Ohio State’s #GOUTWATCH, the biggest hurdles facing Ole Miss, and what the Pac-12 needs to do to get back into the Playoff conversation. “We lost to Ole Miss and we obviously made it to the playoffs”.

That wasn’t the only milestone for the Rebels in last Saturday’s matchup. “If we really want to be one of the nation’s teams that’s being talked about and being relevant on a national scene, then our kids have to understand that and we’ll preach it to them, but ultimately I’m just convinced the longer I do this that you better have some leadership in that locker room that gets it”. Again, they were great, and very lucky, too. “You can’t drive looking in the rearview mirror”. The Crimson Tide fell from No. 2 to No. 12 because of the loss. We’re going to try to do the right things. The Vandy offense is averaging 24.3 points and 442 yards per game but against FBS opponents they haven’t scored more than 14 points. It was, as Saban said, “too many self-inflicted wounds to overcome”. I am not saying we could be contending for the SEC East title in two years, but – for me at least – it is important to take some perspective and not let the disappointment of the streak take away from the progress – and potential – under Stoops. Head coach Nick Saban tried to control his emotions at a press conference Monday following a devastating loss to previously No. 15 Ole Miss.

“I have never seen anything like that, ” Robinson said. “It’s not about who we’re playing. It’s our responsibility as coaches to help these guys do better and that’s what we’re focused on trying to do”. “It’s about us. We’re going against perfection, and that’s what we strive for every week”.

Now Ole Miss is among the early favorites to win the West.

Adeboyejo’s 66-yard touchdown catch was on a ball Kelly flung into the air as he was about to be sacked. Does that experience from last season allow the players to keep things in perspective?

Alabama running back Kenyan Drake, left, is tackled by Mississippi…

Vanderbilt was 3-9 previous year , 0-8 in the SEC in its first season under coach Derek Mason.

The only issue facing the Rebels on defense is depth. The senior hasn’t had more than one interception in a season until now.

SERIES HISTORY: Ole Miss leads Vanderbilt 49-38-2.


In fact, if the Rebs and LSU continue to win – and the Bayou Bengals may have had the most impressive victory of the weekend – the date to remember down the road could be November . 21, when LSU goes to Oxford, Miss. I thought they ham-handed the quarterback situation from the get-go.

LSU's Derrius Guice