Breakdown: Kentucky at Ole Miss

Kentucky Sports Report provides a look at the match-up between the Wildcats and the Ole Miss Rebels.

Kentucky Sports Report provides a look at the match-up between the Wildcats and the Ole Miss Rebels.

Kentucky at Mississippi

When: Saturday, October 02 – 12:21 pm Eastern
Where:Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS.

Ole Miss's Schedule
9/4 – vs. Jacksonville State L 49-48
9/11 – at Tulane W 27-13
9/18 – vs. Vanderbilt L 28-14
9/25 – vs. Fresno State W 55-38
10/2 – vs. Kentucky
10/16 – at Alabama
10/23 – at Arkansas
10/30 – vs. Auburn
11/6 – vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
11/13 – at Tennessee
11/20 – at LSU
11/27 – vs. Mississippi State

Statistical Leaders

Ole Miss Rushing: Brandon Bolden 53 carries, 410 yards, 4 touchdowns
Kentucky Rushing: Derrick Locke 84 carries, 475 yards, 5 touchdowns
Ole Miss Passing: Jeremiah Masoli 48-77, 733 yards, 3 touchdowns, 5 int.
Kentucky Passing: Mike Hartline 75-114, 922 yards, 6 touchdowns, 2 int.
Ole Miss Receiving: Markeith Summers 10 catches, 235 yards, 2 TDs
Kentucky Receiving: Chris Matthews 13 catches, 228 yards, 4 TDs
Ole Miss Tackles: Jonathan Cornell 39 tackles, 8 for loss
Kentucky Tackles: Danny Trevathan 27 tackles, 6 for loss
Ole Miss Sacks: Jonathan Cornell 3 sacks
Kentucky Sacks: Luke McDermott 2 sacks
Ole Miss Interceptions: n/a
Kentucky Interceptions: Three with 1

Team Statistics

Rushing Offense: Kentucky 206.3 – Ole Miss 237.3
Passing Offense: Kentucky 254.8 – Ole Miss 216.8
Total Offense: Kentucky 461.0 – Ole Miss 454.0
Scoring Offense: Kentucky 36.8 – Ole Miss 36.0
Rushing Defense: Kentucky 155.0 – Ole Miss 113.5
Passing Defense: Kentucky 154.8 – Ole Miss 233.3
Total Defense: Kentucky 309.8 – Ole Miss 346.8
Scoring Defense: Kentucky 25.5 – Ole Miss 32.0
Turnover Margin: Kentucky +.75 – Ole Miss -1.50

Talent-wise, Kentucky and Ole Miss appear to be pretty evenly matched. Each team has their strengths and weaknesses and it appears that each team's weakness is at the advantage of the other team. If anything Kentucky has faced the most talented team that either team has played this year in Florida. The Gators dominated the game from start to finish on the way to a 48-14 victory.

After facing the Gators, it's not likely that Kentucky will be shocked by any speed or strength that the Rebels bring to the table. However, the Wildcats must execute their offensive gameplan and hold serve defensively to pull at a win. Ole Miss has stopped the run against three of their four opponents, but Vanderbilt ran the ball well against the Rebs, picking up over 200 yards on the ground. That bodes well for the Wildcats' potent running game. Unfortunately, Ole Miss also struggles to stop the passing game and Kentucky has been very consistent through the air, with their wide receivers being very productive thus far, receiving Mike Hartline's passes.

On the other side of the ball, Kentucky has struggled to stop the run and Ole Miss has good running backs as well as a dual threat quarterback in Masoli. Ole Miss is also capable of putting up big numbers in the passing game if Kentucky stacks the box to stop the run. Kentucky will have to contain Masoli on the run and get pressure on him in the pocket to keep him from picking the defensive backfield apart.

Final Analysis
Kentucky and Ole Miss has the makings of a shootout and turnovers will be key. Kentucky has been good at maintaining possession and avoiding costly turnovers. Both teams' defenses have struggled in forcing turnovers and in stopping the opposing teams from exploiting their weaknesses. Kentucky is on their second straight SEC road game and the Wildcats aren't favored in this game, however if Kentucky can avoid turnovers and run the ball effectively, they should be in it until the end and possibly win it. Final score, Kentucky 41, Ole Miss 36.

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