CBS Sports analyst Barrett Sallee picked Mississippi as Alabama’s biggest threat in the SEC West in 2022.

Sallee did not pick Texas A&M, who defeated Alabama in October 2021, to be the biggest threat to Alabama’s SEC West title run. Ole Miss went 10-3 in 2021 and finished with a 6-2 conference record. In 2021, Ole Miss won 10 games for the first time since 2015.

Sallee’s comments came during an appearance on WJOX on Tuesday:

When Ole Miss played Alabama on Oct. 2, 2021, the Rebels lost 42-21 in Tuscaloosa. The Rebels then closed out the regular season with 7 wins in the final 8 games. Sallee saw promise in the upcoming season for Ole Miss.

“It’s gonna be a long-shot, but if I had to say somebody, it’s gonna be Ole Miss,” Sallee said. “A. The schedule is relatively easy, and I actually ranked the strength of schedules in the SEC on the website today. B. You get Alabama at home, and C. you get them after a bye week, and it’s late in the year.”

Ole Miss will host Alabama on Nov. 12. That could be a deciding game in the SEC West.