At Tuscaloosa, Alabama (CBS, 12:30 PT)
Ole Miss +12 at Alabama (49½)
Alabama has risen to No. 2 in the nation behind the improved play of QB John Parker Wilson, but how good the Crimson Tide really are is up for question. The 34-10 victory against overrated Clemson doesn’t look so good now and wins over Tulane, Western Kentucky and Arkansas hardly comprise murderer’s row. Bama is hanging its hat on a stellar 41-30 win at Georgia in which the Tide led 31-0 at halftime. But last week, Alabama barely escaped Kentucky 17-14. In all, Bama is a lot better than we thought at the start of the year, but perhaps not as good as they are made out to be now.
As for Mississippi, this is arguably the best 3-3 team in the nation. The Rebels handed Florida its only loss, while falling to Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and South Carolina by a combined 15 points. For Ole Miss to stay close they will need a big game from QB Jevan Snead, who has thrown for 1,272 yards and 9 TD. Over the years, Alabama has been a nightmare for the Rebels. The Tide holds a 44-9-2 edge, including four straight wins and 20 of the last 23. But if it comes down to a kick to cover, we like Joshua Shene of Ole Miss, who has hit 7 of 8 field goals including 4 of 4 from 30 to 39 yards. Ole Miss has played six strong games. We think it will be 7. OLE MISS.