If there's been one knock against the Alabama Crimson Tide in recent years it's their "inability" to stop high powered up-tempo offenses; particularly against this week's opponent, Ole Miss, who has won the last two meetings. Looking over the last three seasons, the Crimson Tide is 7-5 SU and 5-7 ATS against teams that are noted for using an up-tempo/spread system.
2013 (2-2 SU, 1-3 ATS)
vs. Oklahoma - 45-31 SU/ATS loss
at Auburn - 34-28 SU/ATS loss
vs. Ole Miss - 25-0 SU Win/ATS win
at Texas A&M - 49-42 SU win/ATS loss
2014 (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS)
vs. Ohio State - 42-35 SU/ATS loss
vs. Auburn - 54-44 SU/ATS win
vs. Texas A&M - 59-0 SU/ATS win
at Ole Miss - 23-17 SU/ATS loss
2015 (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS)
vs. Clemson - 45-40 SU win/ATS loss
at Auburn - 29-13 SU/ATS win
at Texas A&M - 41-23 SU/ATS win
vs. Ole Miss - 43-37 SU/ATS loss
But according to Ole Miss
, Bama is already starting to morph its stop unit in order to combat the spread.
"Yeah, it didn't take them long to catch up," Freeze said. "They have a great rotation, they have great depth, it is predetermined a lot of times when the rotation is occurring so it is like they are matching you really well in the tempo stuff."
"It's a little bit more of a finesse defense," Engram said. "They're still really physical and really strong up front and really good against the run, but they definitely move around a lot better and way better in coverage."