Mississippi’s Matt Corral seems to have put that offseason quarterback battle firmly into his rear view mirror. No actual problem ever materialized for Alabama’s Mac Jones.
Now, they’re directing two of the nation’s most prolific and environment friendly passing video games thus far heading into Saturday evening’s assembly in Oxford, Mississippi. On Thursday, kickoff was pushed again 90 minutes in hopes of higher climate amid Hurricane Delta.
”Who would have thought these two quarterbacks can be first and second in quarterback effectivity?” first-year Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin mentioned.
Corral, who emerged from a contest with John Rhys Plumlee, has thrived in Kiffin’s offense.
He ranks third nationally in each go effectivity and passing yards per sport. Jones is the top-rated passer and ranks fourth in yards.
Perhaps unhealthy climate may do what opposing defenses have not been capable of: Decelerate Corral, Jones and their assortment of playmaking receivers.
Whereas Corral fought off Plumlee, Jones did not actually get a problem from heralded freshman Bryce Younger, particularly with no spring observe due to COVID-19.
As a substitute, the Tide offense hasn’t missed a beat with out star passer Tua Tagovailoa.
Corral has been freely focusing on Elijah Moore, the nation’s main receiver, and tight finish Kenny Yeboah, with Jonathan Mingo coming off a profession sport towards Kentucky.
Jones has the nation’s No. 2 receiver Jaylen Waddle, plus DeVonta Smith and John Metchie III.
”They’re like a monitor crew again there,” Ole Miss cornerback Deane Leonard mentioned. ”They’re quick, they’re agile. They will actually do all of it.”
PREPPING FOR RAIN
The groups have ready for the prospect of enjoying in unhealthy climate through the use of moist footballs.
”That is all we will do to organize for it. We won’t make it rain,” Saban mentioned. ”I feel dealing with the ball is a very powerful factor, however I additionally assume it is necessary to have a mind-set of getting used to dealing with the ball so it is not a problem while you’re enjoying a sport.”
Tailbacks Najee Harris of Alabama and Ole Miss’s Jerrion Ealy are each off to comparatively sluggish begins whereas the respective passing video games have soared. Each are averaging lower than 5 yards per carry, although Harris has run for 5 brief touchdowns.
If the climate is wet and windy, that might result in extra reliance on the run for each groups.
Kiffin is the most recent former Saban assistant to face him as a head coach. He scoffs at any notion that he may achieve an edge from that familiarity, and the numbers again him up strongly. Saban has gained all 20 instances in that scenario.
”You are not an excellent gambler if that is what you are saying as a result of 20-Zero is a reasonably robust document,” Kiffin mentioned.
He is the second of 4 straight ex-Saban underlings going through their former boss: Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, Kiffin, Georgia’s Kirby Sensible and Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt.
The sport will function a number of gamers from Canada: Rebels linebacker Tavius Robinson and Leonard and Alabama’s Metchie. Leonard and Metchie may sq. off towards one another at instances.
”I feel it will be actually cool two guys from Canada doing it on the massive stage,” Leonard mentioned. ”Yeah, it will be actually cool seeing him on the market.”
Ole Miss has pulled off some upsets towards the Tide, together with wins in 2014 and 2015. However within the 4 conferences since then the Tide has averaged 58.eight factors with just one being aggressive.
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