No. 2 Alabama cruised to an easy 49-7 win over Southern Miss on Saturday, led by QB Tua Tagovailoa and an explosive passing attack.

Now, the Tide will prepare for next weekend’s game against Ole Miss, while Southern Miss will regroup and battle UTEP next Saturday.

After the big loss on Saturday, Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson gave plenty of credit to Alabama, calling them a great football team. Here’s what he said about the Crimson Tide (via

“Give Alabama credit. They’re a good football team. We fought a battle, 60 minutes with them. We did some good things, but I’ve got to give them credit. They’re an outstanding football team.”

On Tagovailoa and Jerry Jeudy:

“I’ve been coaching a long time and this is probably the first time I’ve ever said this. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an offense with two Heisman Trophy candidates in it, so you’ve got to give credit where credit is due. They’re good. They’re really good. They’re going to be one of the best, if not the best, offense in college football with that type of (explosiveness). The quarterback … I mean he just doesn’t make a bad throw. That’s probably four straight games, so he’s a special football player. So are the receivers. They did a great job, so give them credit.”

On playing two SEC teams this year (Southern Miss also lost to Mississippi State):

“I think it’s always good. I think it instills confidence because you go out there with the best of the best. You play Alabama and you know that guy you’re lining up is probably as good as it gets. I think that’s something – even though you might lose a battle or two – it’s kind of like receiver or something, a Jeudy. You lose a battle to him, he lights up the house. The scoreboard lights up. I think it gives you confidence. I think it’s one of those things, you’re able to line up and say, ‘You know what, I competed well at that level,’ and I think that’s something that we’ll take out of this.”

Alabama is now 4-0 with four easy wins. Ole Miss might not provide much of a challenge, but playing at Texas A&M on Oct. 12 won’t be easy.