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Trent Richardson, Alabama make latest SEC mismatch look a little too easy

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

Alabama 52, Ole Miss 7.
Alabama has said more than enough for itself already this year in double-digit routs over Penn State, Arkansas and Florida. But for the pollsters who weren't already convinced, this isn't a bad way to make a statement against the worst team in the division.

Leading the charge was running back Trent Richardson, whose 198-yard, four-touchdown romp through the Rebel defense set new career highs on both fronts and thrust him into the thick of the Heisman race. He even did a little showing off as he shimmied and shook true freshman cornerback Senquez Golson out of his shoes to punctuate a 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Overall, Alabama played like a team that deserved to battle for a national title, continuing to shed its rep as a first-rate defense dragging a low-octane offense along for the ride: Fifty-two points was the most the Tide have scored against an SEC opponent under Nick Saban, as were their 641 yards of total offense, most by anyone against any SEC defense since 2007. As for Ole Miss, its 144 yards was a new season-low for an attack already bringing up the rear in the SEC rankings, escorting the Rebels to their ninth conference loss. But considering the opponent, certainly Houston Nutt's critics will let this one slide, right?

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