Head to Head:
Ole Miss WR vs. LSU FS
Mike Espy vs. Chevis Jackson
Ole Miss wide receiver Mike Espy is one of the few playmakers this Rebel offense possesses. Espy has 40 catches on the season for 415 yards and three touchdowns. His biggest game so far was a 10-catch, 115-yard, one touchdown performance in a 27-10 loss at Tennessee. Chevis Jackson is growing into a solid cornerback for the Tigers and will more than likely become LSU's lockdown corner once Ronnie Prude is gone next season.
Ole Miss OL vs. LSU DT
Tre' Stallings vs. Kyle Williams
Tre' Stallings and the Ole Miss offensive line had better be ready for the fiercest defensive front it will see this season. Kyle Williams and Co. sacked Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle five times and hurried him seven more. Stallings and his mates had better protect whichever quarterback Ed Orgeron decides to play to have any shot in this game. That still leaves the issue of trying to open up holes for the running game.
Player to Watch:
David Lipscomb HS
Why it is important to stop him:
In a 27-14 loss to Arkansas last weekend, Ethan Flatt showed even the Rebel offense can be effective. Flatt completed 30 of 37 passes for 309 yards and touchdown and displayed the ability to make plays offensively, something Ole Miss has lacked for some time now.
Who has to stop him?
An equal mix of the LSU secondary against Ole Miss receivers and the Tigers front seven applying plenty of pressure with an array of blitz packages should keep Flatt, Michael Spurlock or whoever running for cover most o the day.
LSU rushing offense vs. Ole Miss rushing defense:
While Ole Miss' offense i9s pretty bad, the Rebel defense is actually one of the better units in the SEC. Ole Miss gives up just 133 yards per game on the ground, 45th nationally. The Tigers' may be without tailback Joseph Addai, who is still slowed by a bum ankle. One might think les Miles might keep Addai out of action preparing for the SEC Title game. It will be one of the rare instances where we call it even.
LSU passing offense vs. Ole Miss passing defense:
Ole Miss' rushing defense is good, but against the pass the Rebels are even better. Ole Miss is surrendering a stingy 185 yards per game through the air (19th in the country). However, LSU's JaMarcus Russell carved up Alabama for 229 yards last week, which was the best passing defense in the land. This is easy.
Ole Miss rushing offense vs. LSU rushing defense:
In a word, Ole Miss' offense is bad. The Rebels total a paltry 85 yards per game on the ground, which is rated 111th nationally. Mico McSwain leads the Rebs in rushing offense, but that really isn't saying much. Former quarterback Robert Lane is even seeing time at fullback and H-back. LSU is 15th in the country against the run giving up only 106 yards per contest.
Ole Miss passing offense vs. LSU passing defense:
With the emergence of Ethan Flatt at quarterback, Ole Miss can throw the ball around a bit. Even with Michael Spurlock under center, the Rebels averaged over 200 yards per game through the air. Flatt had a big day in a loss to Arkansas passing for 309 yards, but LSU is good against the pass, giving up only 188 yards per game. Look for Flatt to spend plenty of time on his back when he is not trotting back and forth to the sideline.
LSU special teams vs. Ole Miss special teams:
While Ole Miss will have its hands full trying to move the ball against LSU's defense or trying to stop the Tigers' offensive attack, the Rebels had better worry about keeping the ball away from Skyler Green. Teams have avoided him most of the season kicking away from him. Now is not the time to get brave.
The Tigers return to the site of one of the most memorable games in SEC history. Two years ago, LSU went to Oxford and defeated the best Ole Miss team in years 17-14 en route to a league and national crown. The Rebels will be pumped to exact revenge. Plus, the LSU-Ole Miss game tends to be a close game, no matter how good or bad a team is. Toss in the fact LSU is coming off a huge, emotional win and the Rebels will be primed for the upset.
Advantage: Ole Miss
Any thought of an upset is crazy talk. This may be the worst Ole Miss team in years. While decent defensively, the Rebels are atrocious on offense and have been beaten by the likes of Vanderbilt, Wyoming and Arkansas. Ole Miss' lone SEC win came against lowly Kentucky and was rather close with the Rebels holding on for a 13-7 victory. LSU will most probably suffer a bit of a letdown after the big win over the Tide, but the Tigers have made a habit of winning ugly.
LSU 28, Ole Miss 9
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