Games of the Week
By Erich Hilkert
Ole Miss at Alabama
Ole Miss upset Alabama last season, and while it wasn’t just a fluke, several conditions were in place to make an upset seem not wholly unexpected. Having the home crowd was huge; that won’t be the case this season. Having a seasoned quarterback who didn’t get rattled also helped in the form of Bo Wallace, but Wallace was a senior.
Alabama’s offensive line will be tested against a strong defensive front from Ole Miss. Alabama was struggling with multiple injuries on its line last season at the time of the loss in Oxford. This season, with a pocket passer like Jacob Coker, it would be difficult to allow the same kind of pressure allowed last season. Of course, Cooper Bateman is always an option, too.
In the end, Derrick Henry will find some creases and run for enough to carry the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s mammoth defensive line should hold Ole Miss in check.
Alabama 24, Ole Miss 16
Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
Most of the attention has been given to Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer filling in for Malik Zaire following Zaire’s season-ending injury last week against Virginia.
However, the true tale of the game will be on the other end of the field, where the Yellow Jackets have amassed an impressive amount of yards and points by allowing a variety of jersey numbers the opportunity to run the ball. Georgia Tech has the top-ranked rushing attack in the nation at this point. Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas should continue to fare well against a strong but underwhelming defense.
Georgia Tech 42, Notre Dame 27