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5 key takeaways from Alabama’s much-needed win over Ole Miss

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Nick Saban and Alabama Crimson Tide were able to escape Oxford with a much-needed victory over Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss Rebels.

With a 30-24 win, Alabama is going 8-2 on the season and 5-2 in the SEC game. The Crimson Tide avoided consecutive losses thanks to Will Reichard hitting the clutch several times and the Alabama defense making several timely stops.

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Coach Saban preached completion throughout the week and the team was able to win.

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Now that we’ve had a chance to catch our breath from yet another thrilling finale, let’s take a look at some of the key takeaways from Crimson Tide’s victory over Rebels.

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Bryce Young is getting better

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[autotag]Bryce Young[/autotag] just hasn’t looked like himself over the past few weeks, but Young has shown more speed in his passes against the rebels and this has led to a much better performance by the current Heisman trophy winner.

The role of Cameron Latu is greatly underestimated

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As with the rest of the Alabama offense, the tight end [autotag]Cameron Side[/autotag] It was a season of ups and downs. His importance to the success of the Tide attack became clear on Saturday. Latu’s ability to hit the ball, especially in the red zone, gives Bryce Young a valuable target in the end zone.

The offensive line should be more consistent

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The second half at Oxford showed that Alabama’s offensive line was capable of playing more physical football. It’s time for the big boys to be more consistent in their efforts and impose their will on their opponents.

Byron Young appears and shows

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Senior linebacker [autotag]Byron Young[/autotag] was Alabama’s most consistent quarterback in the last couple of weeks. Against the Rebels, Young made six tackles and two sacks, as well as a couple of stops on the last possession of the game, leading to a long fourth try to end the game.

Despite how most fans feel, Tide is not giving up.

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Fans from Alabama are so spoiled that many of them have already become disillusioned with the season and considered it a complete failure. Thankfully, Tide coaches and players don’t see it that way. After all the disappointments of the season, the players fought four quarters and survived the Ole Miss Rebels. It may not always be pretty, but there is simply no way out in this Alabama band.

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