No. 11 Mississippi and former Saban assistant Lane Kiffin welcome the Tide on Saturday.
For the second straight year, both teams are ranked going into their game. Last season, Kiffin urged fans to grab their popcorn before kickoff. Then Alabama went up 28-0 at the half.
Maybe this game will be more popcorn-worthy. Considering the state of the Tide, it makes the list of the five most intriguing games of Week 11.
No. 4 TCU at No. 18 Texas
Putting aside that this is a pivotal game in the Big 12 for both the first-place and unbeaten Horned Frogs and the tied-for-second Longhorns, there are some juicy storylines. Can TCU repel another departing Big 12 flagship school? Can former Frogs coach Gary Patterson, now special assistant to the head coach at Texas, extract some revenge after he was pushed out last year?
LINE: Texas by 7. PICK: Texas 34-30.
No. 10 Alabama at No. 11 Mississippi
Another negative Alabama would like to avoid: The last time the Tide lost three regular-season games was 2010. Ole Miss’ shaky defense should provide a boost for an inconsistent Alabama offense. If the Rebels’ potent running game keeps cranking, could be a first-to-50 game.
Combined score of the last two game between these teams: Tar Heels 117, Demon Deacons 108. Expect more of the same from UNC’s Drake Maye (31 TD passes) and Wake’s Sam Hartman (24).
LINE: Wake Forest by 3 1/2. PICK: NORTH CAROLINA 45-42.
No. 7 LSU at Arkansas
Tigers coming off a huge win. Hogs coming off being upset at home by Liberty. An 11 a.m. local kickoff. One team unexpectedly thrust into a conference championship race. The other looking to play spoiler and turn around a disappointing season. And look at that line? Tiger trap.
LINE: LSU by 3. PICK: ARKANSAS 31-30, UPSET SPECIAL.