Both the Alabama Crimson Tide and Ole Miss Rebels have jumped out of the gate with 2-0 records coming into Saturday night's 6 PM kickoff from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Including vacated and forfeited victories, Alabama officially leads the all-time series 50-11-2.

Prior to Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener for both Alabama and Ole Miss, find out the three things you need to know about Ole Miss.

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Running Back Scottie Phillips  

During the Hugh Freeze era of Ole Miss football, the passing game and quarterbacks such as Bo Wallace and Chad Kelly helped to shape the identity of the offense.

Earlier this week, Nick Saban referenced how their running game has helped Ole Miss to their 2-0 start.

Jones County Community College running back Scottie Phillips has exploded onto the scene early as a Rebel. The junior running back leads the SEC and is in the top five nationally averaging 155.5 rushing yards per game. Phillips rushed for 204 yards in the season opener against Texas Tech.

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Youth Movement

Through their first two games this season, nine Ole Miss players made their debut starts against Texas Tech or Southern Illinois.

Besides running back Scottie Phillips, right guard Ben Brown, wide receiver Braylon Sanders, middle linebacker Jacquez Jones, defensive end Austrian Robinson, defensive end Tariqious Tisdale, linebacker Kevontae' Ruggs, linebacker Mohammed Sanogo and Montrell Custis at the star position have made their first starts in a Rebels uniform this season.

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#38 for 2018

Each season, the Ole Miss football program honors a standout defensive player by awarding him the No. 38 jersey number.

No. 38 was the number that the late Chucky Mullins wore when he was paralyzed after making a tackle on Vanderbilt's Brad Gaines during a 1989 contest against the Commodores.

This season, senior free safety C.J. Moore will don the No. 38 jersey.