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September 25, 2013

No. 1 Bama trying to build consistent ground game

— TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — One of college football's statistical truisms the past few years has been you're not going to beat Alabama if you can't at least slow down the ground game.

That's typically much easier said than done, but two defenses have already achieved the goal against the top-ranked Crimson Tide through three games.

The uncharacteristically unproductive running game hasn't cost Alabama yet but No. 21 Mississippi visits Saturday night with the Tide coming off its worst rushing output since the South Carolina game in 2010.

Alabama managed just 66 yards on 21 carries against Colorado State and ranks last in the Southeastern Conference in rushing and only one spot higher in total offense. Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt thinks it's more aberration than trend.

"They were making mistakes that Alabama normally doesn't make," Prewitt said on Monday. "They had players not playing that will be playing against us. We're absolutely expecting the best Alabama team to be out there. And that's what we want. We want to line up and play them."

The Tide is 52-0 since the start of the 2008 season when running for 140-plus yards and has produced an average of 84.6 rushing yards in the seven losses during that span. Virginia Tech also held Alabama below 100 yards (96).

The Tide has often been able overpower defenses with the run, especially when the opponents are 40-point underdogs like Colorado State. Instead of wearing down an overmatched team, Alabama ran only once in the third quarter.

The biggest difference in the offense from last season is the loss of three All-America offensive linemen to pave the way.

With tailback T.J. Yeldon, Jalston Fowler and Kenyan Drake joined by four highly rated tailback signees, it seemed Alabama could continue to pound away if it wanted to. It just hasn't happened consistently yet.

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