Najee Harris against Ole Miss.

The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide started this season with a 38-19 road win over Missouri and a 52-24 home win over Texas A&M, but they faced a larger challenge Saturday on the road against Ole Miss. Lane Kiffin’s Rebels hung with the Tide for much of this one, and had it tied at 42-42 with 11:31 left in the fourth quarter before Alabama pulled away. And while this wound up being a comfortable win for the Tide in the end, it wasn’t that way for much of the night.

In the end, the Alabama offense put in an impressive performance. Quarterback Mac Jones completed 28 of 32 passes (87.5 percent) for 417 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and it’s hard to do much better than that. Running back Najee Harris (seen above) also carried the ball 23 times for 206 yards (8.96 yards per carry) and five touchdowns. But the Tide’s defense wasn’t as strong, with Ole Miss QB Matt Corral completing 21 of 28 passes (75 percent) for 365 yards and two touchdowns and with Rebels’ RBs Snoop Connor and Jerrion Ealy rushing for 128 and 120 yards respectively (with two touchdowns each).

The Tide still wound up on top here, and they’re now taking a 3-0 record into next week. But this was still a somewhat-concerning outcome for them, especially for their defense. We’ll see how that unit does against Georgia next week.

[CBS Sports]

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