Since 2011, LSU is 3-2 over the Rebels and have won those games by an average margin of victory of 19.3 points per game. Last year, in Oxford, the Rebels dominated the Tigers winning by a score of 38-17.
The Rebels enter this game with a disappointing road loss to Arkansas 34-30. Ole Miss is averaging 39 points per game and is rushing for 155 yards per game along with passing for 320 yards through the air.
Quarterback Chad Kelly directs the Rebels high powered offense and has completed 62% of his passes for 1,849 yards with 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Kelly has also rushed for 213 yards with 3 rushing rushing touchdowns this season.
The offensive line must protect Kelly and allow him time to locate his wide receivers down the field. Through the first six games, the offensive line has allowed 12 sacks.
Running back Akeem Judd leads the team with 343 rushing yards averaging 5.1 yards per carry with 3 touchdowns.
Wide receivers Damore’ea Stringfellow and Tight end Evan Engram have been Kelly’s go to targets in the passing game this year. Both players have combined for 59 receptions for 921 yards with 7 touchdowns.
Defensively, the Rebels have allowed 30 points per game and are giving up 212 rushing yards on the ground entering this game in Baton Rouge. The Rebels are allowing 233 passing yards through the air and have recorded 12 sacks on the season.
Ole Miss will need to create turnovers on the road and entering this game the Rebels are -1 in turnover margin.
LSU will look to start fast playing under the lights at home on Saturday night. The Tigers are coming off of an impressive 45-10 win over Southern Miss and will look to continue the momentum over the Rebels this weekend.
LSU is averaging 28 points per game and has been a run heavy offense that is averaging 228 rushing yards per game on along with passing for 180 yards through the air.
Look for the game plan to feature running backs Derius Guice and Leonard Fournette on a suspect Rebel’s defensive front seven that has not been good in run support. Guice leads the nation with 9.1 yards per carry and has 6 rushing touchdowns this year. He has shown big play ability as the season has progressed and will be counted on to pound the football at the middle of the Ole Miss defense to wear them out.
Fournette is coming back from an injury suffered against Auburn and will look to get back to pre-season form when he was a Heisman front runner. On the year, Fournette has rushed for 386 yards averaging 5.7 yards per carry with 2 rushing touchdowns.
Wide receivers Travan Dural or Malachi Dupre could have big impacts on this game if the Tigers throw off of play action on first and second downs. Both players have the speed to take the top off of the defense and challenge a Rebels secondary that has been burned many times this season.
Quarterback Danny Ettling will look to attack Ole Miss on the deep middle of the Rebels secondary on dig routes and crossing patterns. In the Rebels home win against Memphis, the Rebels were burned by those patterns and look for the Tigers to take advantage of it this weekend.
Ettling has completed 58% if his passes for 925 yards with 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Defensively, LSU is allowing 14 points per game and is very solid in run support giving up 103 rushing yards to opposing offenses.
The Tigers have recorded 18 sacks on the season and have allowed 208 passing yards per game. LSU must force Kelly to work on underneath routes and force him into quick throws outside the pocket. Kelly has show inconsistency when flushed to his left and look for LSU to bring pressure on the edge to force him to release the football fast.
LSU must win the turnover battle this weekend and enters this game even in turnover margin.
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