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Hot Read: Alabama Outscores Ole Miss

By BJ Bennett
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Alabama outscores Ole Miss 63-48 in a game for the ages.

1. What a game. Alabama and Ole Miss combined for 111 total points, 1,380 total yards and 68 first downs. New SEC records for points and yards in a regulation game were set. It felt like every play was a highlight and it often was. Quarterbacks Mac Jones and Matt Corral combined for 782 passing yards, with both averaging 13 yards per pass attempt. Najee Harris rushed for 206 yards and five touchdowns, while the Rebels had two different backs go for 120 and a pair of scores in Snoop Conner and Jerrion Ealey. DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle both reached 120 yards through the air for the Crimson Tide, while Ole Miss had Kenny Yeboah and Elijah Moore both top 140. That wasn't just exciting college football, it was exciting fantasy football. Wow.

2. Alabama's stars made big play after big play. Mac Jones threw for 417 yards and had just four incompletions the entire night, going a remarkable 28-of-32. Najee Harris ran for five more touchdowns, giving him ten rushing scores on the season through three games. DeVonta Smith caught 13 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown, while Jaylen Waddle added 120 yards, a team-best 45-yard reception included. The Crimson Tide only had seven third downs; they converted six of them. The big names led the way for Alabama on a big night.

3. Coordinator Steve Sarkisian has the Crimson Tide offense rolling better than any unit in the country. Even with a historic amount of talent gone from last season, this Alabama offense has been darn near impossible to stop. As if 52 points weren't enough against top 15 Texas A&M last week, the Crimson Tide were essentially perfect with 63 points in their win over Ole Miss. Sure there is a lot of talent on the field, but give Sarkisian credit for putting guys in position to consistently make plays. They have and this offense is fun to watch. 

4. Nick Saban is now 21-0 versus his former assistant coaches, a remarkable record against a very good group. This win was close and is pretty unique compared to most of the other ones. That said, Saban continues to find incredible success against those who know him and his style best.

5. Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss will be diappointed with the loss, but this offensive performance was one of the record books. A total of 647 yards and 48 points against Alabama will stand the test of time. Tight end Kenny Yeboah, with seven receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns, was one of the stars. Everyone was making plays against one of the most talented defenses in the game.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports