"Well, first of all, the guy has great arm talent", Saban said.
Hurts, who leads Alabama in rushing with 461 yards and has six touchdown passes with no interceptions, said he is sure his father has received plenty of ticket requests this week from family and friends, but that the quarterback avoids such distractions during game week.
Ole Miss is 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games while the under is 22-7-1 in their last 30 road games. Hurts led all Alabama players with 101 rushing yards and passed for another 197 yards.
"I don't care really care how many points we've scored in the last four games, I'm only anxious about how many we score in the next game", Saban said.
PASSING PATTERSON: This Ole Miss team does something in common with the last one the won in Tuscaloosa: a talented quarterback.
The Aggies have 20 sacks in five games, but Sumlin said mobile quarterback Jalen Hurts requires a different approach than just defenders pinning their ears back and going after the quarterback.
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With the Ball brothers in action, Chino Hills sold out games, competed for championships, and also went 35-0 a few years ago. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN , the elder Ball said, "I'm not dealing with the coach over there [at Chino Hills]".
Looking to respond, Patterson fired a ball over the middle that was tipped and intercepted by Levi Wallace, who took it to the house for the 14-0 Alabama lead.
Freshman quarterback Kellen Mond threw for 159 yards and ran for 95, while running back Keith Ford rushed 12 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner from 17 yards out midway through the fourth quarter. Ole Miss jumped out to a 24-3 before Alabama came roaring back, and then finally hung on for a 48-43 victory.
Alabama's Pass Rush: It's no secret that Alabama lost some serious talent to the National Football League draft last season. They ran the ball 52 times for 422 yards (8.12 yards/carry). He had to be helped off the field and was later carted to the locker room. Saturday night did not produce similar results. Ole Miss has four receivers with 15 or more catches - "the best group of receivers collectively we've faced all year", according to Saban. The Rebels should be able to at least get on the board Saturday - but do they have the defensive power to keep the Tide from trashing them?
This week marks the third-straight game in which an Ole Miss assistant will face the program for which he worked in 2016.
What happened: A blitzing Minkah Fitzpatrick sacked Patterson for a 12-yard loss, ending a scoring threat. They've got good pass rushers. "On area we must improve on is eye discipline", he said.
Rankings: Alabama is first in The Associated Press poll and coaches' rankings.