Week 6 Wrap: Crimson Tide D impresses 

October, 11, 2009

I had a chance to watch much of the Florida-LSU game, and while I was very impressed with the Gators' defense, I'm keeping Alabama as my No. 1. I like their offense and love their defense. Nick Saban's D ranks second in the country in total defense (behind Florida) and they've been dominant all season, starting with their handling of a very good Virginia Tech team. On Saturday, they were, again, awesome and turned the "blue-out" at Oxford's Vaught-Hemingway into a blowout. It didn't take long for the record crowd on the Ole Miss campus -- just like the Rebels' offense -- to become frustrated by everything the Tide threw at them.

Ole Miss was 0-for-9 on third-down conversion attempts. The Rebels had just one first down and 19 total yards in the entire first half. Jevan Snead, the Rebels' onetime Heisman candidate, looked as though all the confidence had been beaten out of him. Maybe the process had started in South Carolina a few weeks ago, but it seemed like it finished Saturday against the Tide. Snead has now had two games -- the Rebels' lone two games against tough competition -- in which he's completed less than 34 percent for the game. On the year, he's completing less than 47 percent with a 9-9 TD-INT ratio.

(This was my first trip back to Oxford in almost two years, and in my time around Ole Miss, I have witnessed a lot of shaky offensive performances. This was probably the worst. It looked eerily reminiscent of the Brent Schaeffer days.)

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