After the 28-17 loss versus Arkansas last week, Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron's press conference was peppered with the word "disappointing". His club is 3-6 with a sputtering offense and little reason to believe that Orgeron's assertion is incorrect.

But, this week LSU is traveling to Oxford to take on these same Rebels and it might not be as easy as Ole Miss' record indicates. After a draining victory over Alabama. LSU could fall victim to the "hangover" possibility off blowing off an opponent following a big game. Or, Ole Miss could simply come out with more spunk because for them, this is their bowl game. Either way, this game is not one to overlook.

But, in order for the Rebels to have success, they need to find some continuity on offense-especially at quarterback.

They began their season believing it was all in place. Michael Spurlock began the year as the definitive starter and led the Rebels in their season opener against Memphis. He was 9-13 in the first half and finished 14-27 for 184 yards and a 12 yard touchdown run. And it was just enough as they won 10-6. Just when Memphis was threatening, Rebel linebacker Garry Pack intercepted the final pass of the game at the goal line with 20 seconds remaining. Mario Hill added six catches for 102 yards while Taye Biddle had four catches for 59 yards.

Ole Miss squared off against Vanderbilt in their second game but was unfortunate enough to encounter the Commodores while they were on their improbable win streak. Vandy quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 314 yards to lead the Commodores to a 31-23 victory over the Rebels. Ole Miss came out in the second half and strung together 20 straight points. They found themselves just one touchdown behind after Mike Espy returned a punt 51 yards for a touchdown. Then, in the fourth quarter, Michael Spurlock broke his finger and was replaced by Robert Lane. The Vandy defense stripped the ball from Lane's hands with one second left, removing any chance of an Ole Miss comeback.

Ole Miss was embarrassed in their next game against Wyoming, losing 24-14. Robert Lane started and went 7-15 with 37 yards and two interceptions. Late in the third quarter, Michael Spurlock, with his broken thumb, came in and was not much better. He went 5-14 for 83 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The only bright spot on the Rebel offense was Mico McSwain. He recorded a 60 yard touchdown run and had 114 yards rushing on seven carries.

Tennessee gave Ole Miss their third loss of the season 27-10. Spurlock was 18-37 for 200 yards with an interception and a fumble. He started despite having a broken finger. His primary target was Mike Espy who had 10 catches for 115 yards. But it was not enough.

The Citadel stopped the bleeding as Ole Miss won 27-7. Mico McSwain had 122 yards on the ground while Michael Spurlock threw for 254 yards in the air. He threw and ran for a touchdown. Espy had four grabs and a touchdown catch.

Ole Miss played valiantly in a nail biter against Alabama. But a 31 yard Jamie Christensen field goal late in the fourth quarter made the difference as the Crimson Tide escaped with a 13-10 victory. Spurlock finished the game 19-32 with 210 yards passing. He led the game off with a 27 yard touchdown pass to Mario Hill to take an early advantage. Robert Bass added the other points of the afternoon with a 24 yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Ole Miss finally earned their first SEC victory of the year against Kentucky with a 13-7 victory. Spurlock had 198 yards passing and threw for one touchdown. Mico McSwain added 104 yards rushing. Mike Espy had four catches and one touchdown on the day.

The Ole Miss offense continued to sputter as they lost to Auburn 27-3. Things got so bad that Orgeron took out Michal Spurlock and put in Ethan Flatt in the fourth quarter. The one time starter responded going 11-17 for 81 yards. That is good considering that the Rebels had 209 total yards in the game.

Things looked to be improving against Arkansas. Ole Miss led for the first half and Flatt was clicking on all cylinders. He was 20-37 for 309 yards. Mico McSwain sprained his ankle in the second quarter and was replaced by Larry Kendrick who had a touchdown run and reception. The defense also held Hog running back Darren McFadden to 22 yards rushing. But the second half was a different story. Flatt was sacked four times and had two interceptions as Arkansas came back to win 28-17.

It is obvious that Ole Miss has struggled to find its offensive identity. Flatt started nine games last year but did not impress Orgeron during camp. That is why he did not see action until two games ago. The other option was Robert Lane. But he was moved to tight end late in the season. So LSU can expect to see either Flatt or Spurlock. Flatt is the traditional pocket passer while Spurlock is the more athletic of the two.

Mico McSwain is an interesting story. He is a red shirt freshman that began the spring as a wide receiver and then was moved to safety. Now he is the starting running back and doing surprisingly well. He sprained his ankle in the Arkansas game and if he does not come back then Larry Kendrick should start in his place. Brandon Jacobs should line up at fullback.

The wide receivers are arguably the most talented group on the team. But, again, they have yet to really step up and control a game. Mario Hill and Taye Biddle are two of the most dangerous hands in the league but have yet to really detonate. Mike Espy broke out in the Tennessee game with 10 catches but that has been the extent. Lawrence Lilly will line up at tight end and provide a blocker and a capable set of hands.

The offensive line is inexperienced and could be in for a long game against the seasoned front four of LSU. Tre' Stallings is the one of two returning starters on the line and will play right guard. The other starter is Bobby Harris who will play left tackle. Tony Bond saw action last year and will handle the snap duties. Andrew Wicker is a former defensive lineman who was converted to left guard. The lone underclassman is Thomas Eckers. He will play right tackle.

Defense is Orgeron's specialty. The former USC defensive line coach has installed a 4-3 defense that really has done pretty well. They give up just over 18 points a game.

The defensive line is led by big McKinley Boykin who continues to torment offenses and is considered on of the league's best. Jayme Mitchell lines up at same side defensive end. The other tackle will be Michael Bozeman. Redshirt freshman Chris Bowers was promoted to defensive end in the spring and earned the starting spot. Rotating with Bowers will be Corveli Haynes.

The linebacker trio is a dynamite group who covers the entire field with startling intensity. Patrick Willis is the middle linebacker and commands respect from opposing offenses. Willis was the leading tackler last week with 7.5 in the Arkansas contest. Kelvin Robinson will line up at weak side linebacker. Garry Pack really improved his game in the offseason and should start at strong side linebacker.

The secondary is alike like LSU in that they play by commission. But the starters should look like this. Nat Banks will be at one of the cornerback spots. Dustin Mouzon will be at the other one. But Travis Johnson and Trumaine McBride once held the spots so they could see playing time. The safeties will be Charles Clark and Jamarca Sanford.

The special teams have been pretty reliable all season. Matt Hinkle was a squad kicker but various things saw him pushed to the starting role and he has performed like a veteran. Punting duties go to Rob Park. Mike Espy and Taye Biddle will be the two return men.

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