Alabama and Ole Miss are days away from kicking off a conference tilt that could help to determine who goes to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.

During Wednesday’s edition of Inside the Locker Room, veteran CBS college football analyst Gary Danielson provided his insights on Alabama and Ole Miss.

Danielson pointed to the defensive line as a strength for both teams as well as a subtle difference between the Crimson Tide and the Rebels up front.

“I think the Ole Miss defensive front takes way more chances. They really want to create havoc at the line of scrimmage. They move a little bit more than the Alabama defensive line.” Danielson said.

The CBS college football analyst highlighted the ability of the defenses to impact the wide receivers through effective defensive line play as one key to the game.

“The weak of both of these teams is their offensive line. So both of the defensive front seven will try to win the game up front. They will try to produce those tackle for losses, negative plays, pressuring the quarterback, sacks. All of the things that will force the back end of the defense with the big receivers that Ole Miss has and the tremendous talent for Alabama’s receivers to be less able to get the football.” Danielson said.

Danielson listed quarterback play as his other key to victory.

“I think the other main factor of this football game is quarterback. Jalen Hurts is a tremendous athlete, good quarterback, coached really well, has great weapons around him and he seems unflappable, but he hasn’t played an SEC road game yet. Chad Kelly is a veteran old quarterback.” Danielson said.

The veteran SEC football observer later highlighted additional strengths and weaknesses for both teams and how Alabama improves during the season under Nick Saban’s direction.

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