Stats breakdown: Alabama vs. Ole Miss 

September, 28, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With No. 1 Alabama's matchup against Ole Miss on the horizon, let's take a look at how Ole Miss has evolved with first-year coach Hugh Freeze and what the Tide might be looking for when the two schools meet on Saturday night.

With the help of the ESPN Stats and Information Department, we broke down some keys to the game:

The rundown
Ole Miss 2012 overall record: 3-1 (0-0 in SEC)
Against Alabama: 9-45-2

Ole Miss offense under Freeze
With coach Hugh Freeze, Ole Miss' offense is getting off more snaps in each game -- 71.75 plays per game as opposed to last season, when the Rebels averaged 64.42.

Texas gashes Ole Miss outside the tackles
Alabama may look to get the ball outside the tackles more against Ole Miss than it has in the past. Texas showed that the Rebels can be hurt when ball carriers bounce outside and force linebackers and defensive backs to make plays. The Longhorns gained nearly the same yards running outside the tackles as they did inside -- on half the carries.

Something's gotta give

If there's one area in which Ole Miss has struggled on offense, it's holding on to the football. The tale of the tape on turnover margin favors the Crimson Tide, who rank No. 2 in the SEC in that category. Conversely, the Rebels rank 11th.

On the flip side, the matchup on third down could be one worth watching as the Rebels come in as the top team in the SEC in converting third downs. Meanwhile, Alabama is the second best in the SEC at stopping third down conversions.

Running left
Alabama has had much more success running the ball behind left tackles Cyrus Kouandjio and left guard Chance Warmack. Alabama has run the ball their way for nearly 54 percent of all rushing yards gained.

Yards after catch skyrockets
The Alabama receivers took a step forward against Florida Atlantic in terms of getting their hands on the football and making a play before going down.

Opposing teams' YAC:

  • Michigan, 98
  • Western Kentucky, 85
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