Alabama's Nick Saban says Texas A&M is 'strongest team we've played'

No. 1 Alabama vs. Ole Miss: Game outlook, where to watch, listen

Ole Miss, which typically features a high-powered offense, managed just three points as the Crimson Tide pushed the Rebels up and down the field in a 66-3 rout.

"But you better be able to block 'em", he said.

"Ronnie Clark has been, to me, the consummate, ultimate great story about. what college football should be all about", Saban said. The Tide has certainly turned.

However, that glimmer was quickly tarnished, as Ole Miss went three-and-out for the eighth time in the game.

There's still football to be played, but I'm making an early call for the SEC Championship Game: I like Alabama and Georgia (who I think will run the table too), with Alabama winning a close one.

"They did a really good job of gameplanning", defensive coordinator Weseley McGriff said. Don't get me wrong, I have no doubt that Alabama will win this, but that 24.5 spread? Saban effectively wanted to put his demons with Ole Miss to bed and he did that plus some.

Significance: The play gave Alabama the game's first turnover and made it clear that Patterson, the SEC's leading passer at more than 400 yards per game, was going to have a long night.

Finding Calvin Ridley out of the backfield for a first down, the Rebels tackling issues continued as quarterback Jalen Hurts barreled his way down to the six-yard-line.

The last time A&M was unranked after the first five weeks of the season was in 2012, when the Aggies did land a spot in the poll until they beat MS on October 6 in Oxford. They ran the ball 52 times for 422 yards (8.12 yards/carry). The Rebel defense, with the help from a false start penalty, did force a field goal, but went down 38-3.

This week marks the third-straight game in which an Ole Miss assistant will face the program for which he worked in 2016.

Who saw LSU losing to Troy in a night game at Death Valley coming? Jarrett Stidham threw for 264 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 13 of 16 passing. While some may differ on effort, McGriff has chose to peel back the directions and attack the football, noting, "there is not going to be much game-planning, as we are going to create as many one-on-one situations as possible and play".

With kickoff set for 6:15 p.m., Saban also knows the type of environment his team will be going into when they walk down the Kyle Field tunnel near sunset. He rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries.

INJURIES: Alabama got back linebackers Jennings and Rashaan Evans last week, helping boost the Tide's pass rush. Luke hopes to begin righting the ship on The Plains.

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