What could quite possibly be the game of the year for Alabama football is finally upon us.
While it was certainly a notable date on the schedule heading into the 2021 season, coach Lane Kiffin and his Ole Miss Rebels will head to Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa next Saturday to take on Kiffin's former boss Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
Saban currently holds a 23-0 record against his former assistants and will no doubt look to keep that streak alive. However, if there's anyone in college football that has the opportunity to end that streak, it's Kiffin this Saturday.
2020 wasn't the first time that Saban had ever faced Kiffin, but it was the first time his team played him as a former assistant. Last season, the Crimson Tide took home a thrilling 63-48 victory in an offensive slugfest in Oxford, a game that ended up being one of the toughest challenges for Alabama in all of 2020. This year looks to be the same level of challenge.
Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral currently leads the Heisman Trophy conversation, and with good reason. So far this season, Corral has completed 66-of-96 passes for 997 yards and nine touchdowns through the air. On the ground, Corral has been just as impressive, rushing 158 yards on 33 attempts and adding five rushing touchdowns to his 2021 resume.
It's certainly not going to be an easy challenge for Saban and Alabama. A victory for either team would be a statement as the top team of the SEC West and would split sole possession of first place with Arkansas.
And with that, here's everything you need to know about Alabama vs Ole Miss:
How to Watch: No. 1 Alabama vs No. 13 Ole Miss
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium
When: 2:30 p.m. CT
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Play-By-Play: Eli Gold, Analyst: John Parker Wilson, Sideline: Rashad Johnson) CTSN or on Sirius/XM 81
Weather forecast: Partly cloudy with temperatures reaching the high 80s and lows of the low 60s
Series info: With Saturday marking the 69th meeting between the two programs, Alabama leads the series all-time with a 52-10-2 record. The last time the Crimson Tide fell at the hands of the Rebels was back in 2015 when Ole Miss narrowly edged Alabama 43-37 in Tuscaloosa.
SEC Schedule (Week 5)
All times central
Tennessee at Missouri, 11 a.m., SEC Network
No. 16 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia, 11 a.m., ESPN
Troy at South Carolina, 2:30 p.m., SEC Network
Ole Miss at Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS
No. 11 Florida at Kentucky, 5 or 6 p.m., ESPN or SEC Network
Mississippi State at No. 7 Texas A&M, 5 or 6 p.m., ESPN or SEC Network
UConn at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m., ESPNU
No. 23 Auburn at LSU, 8 p.m., ESPN