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Junior tailback Brandon Bolden has caught fire the past two games, rushing for 336 yards on 41 carries and scoring three times in a pair of Rebel wins. Read about his surge inside.

Ole Miss tailback Brandon Bolden knows what it will take to beat Alabama Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

"Arkansas, even though they didn't win their game with Bama, and South Carolina kind of gave everyone a blueprint on how to beat Alabama and it's what we have to do," said Bolden, who has been on fire of late. "You have to keep the ball away from them and make them make mistakes.

"South Carolina ran the ball and only passed when they had to. When they did have to throw, they converted and kept moving the chains. We have to play keep away with them."

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Bolden, who leads the Rebels in rushing with 531 yards through five games, including 336 net yards in the last two games alone, believes the Rebels can run on the Tide.

"Anybody can run on anybody when you execute. We have to do everything the way we are coached and follow our assignments to the tee, but I know we can do it," he said boldly. "Our confidence is higher, our O-line is playing better and we have gotten into a rhythm. We need to keep that going."

The backs - all the skill people really - had to gain confidence in the revamped OL.

"There was a question mark at first because we were starting a walk-on true freshman, but we realize now that Patrick (Junen) can play and will help open up holes for us," Brandon noted. "It's pretty special to watch a true freshman come in and perform like that."

There was also an adjustment period getting used to QB Jeremiah Masoli and the way he operates, Brandon stated.

"We are comfortable now. I think we have all the pieces in place to do some damage from this point on," he added. "Jeremiah is different because he can also run the ball and we had to get used to his style of play, but I think we have that down now."

The Rebs expect Alabama to overpopulate the line of scrimmage to try and derail the Rebel run game, second in the SEC at 232 yards a game.

"We expect them to try that, but we are going to do what we do. If we have to go to the pass more often, that's OK. We've got a balanced offense," he added. "We want to prove we can do both against great competition."

Brandon realizes the importance of the game this weekend.

"The SEC West is wide open now that the kingpin has been knocked off. I know there are still two teams out there who are undefeated, but there are some tough matchups for everyone in the next few weeks," he explained. "We need to win so we don't add to that loss column and stay in the race.

"Coach Nutt told us to keep our eyes on the prize because there will probably not be an undefeated SEC West team and anything is possible."

The way things have come together offensively for the Rebels the last two games have left Brandon Bolden emboldened.

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