PREVIEW: LSU-Ole Miss - The Matchups

We take a look inside the key matchups of Saturday's LSU-Ole Miss contest in Tiger Stadium.

LSU rushing offense vs. Ole Miss rushing defense:

The LSU running game has been coming of age in the last several weeks. The Tigers have topped the 200-yard rushing mark in each of the last two games. Keiland Williams and Trindon Holliday have been given a more active role in the running game. Alley Broussard has enjoyed somewhat of a rebirth and Jacob Hester has been as steady as ever. JaMarcus Russell has even gotten in the mix with a couple of designed quarterback draws against Alabama after running the ball so successfully at Tennessee. Ole Miss has no answer for the Tigers' plethora of weapons they use on the ground as the Rebels rank 11th in the SEC and 99th in the nation against the run.

Advantage: LSU

 

 

LSU passing offense vs. Ole Miss passing defense:

Earlier in the year LSU was struggling to show balance on offense. That doesn't seem to be a problem now. The Tigers are running and passing the ball with equal proficiency and JaMarcus Russell seems to continue to get better and better under center. Russell completed 18 of 21 passes for 207 yards with three touchdowns versus Alabama and now leads the SEC in both passing efficiency and total offense. The Rebels rank 56th in passing defense allowing 195 yards per game and are 91st in Division I in passing efficiency defense. This could get ugly.

Advantage: LSU

 

 

Ole Miss rushing offense vs. LSU rushing defense:

BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a quality back and could play for lots of other SEC teams. However, there is very little around Ellis in the way of a rushing attack. Bruce Hall and Mico McSwain provide little support to Green-Ellis as the Rebels average just 134 yards per game on the ground. On the flip side, LSU is dominant in this area ranking fifth in the nation against the run, allowing just 72 yards. The Tigers run stoppers are rated as the best in the SEC.

Advantage: LSU

 

 

Ole Miss passing offense vs. LSU passing defense:

Brent Schaeffer did little help what ailed the Ole Miss passing attack. After obtaining eligibility just in time for fall camp, Schaeffer has completed just 100 of 211 passes for 1,239 yards. He has thrown more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (7) as the Rebels passing attack checks in at 109th in Division I-A (139 yards per game). LSU remains one of the best pass defensive teams in all of college football, allowing just 158 yards per game (13th nationally), and are ranked third in pass efficiency defense.

Advantage: LSU

 

 

LSU special teams vs. Ole Miss special teams:

Missing Craig Davis last week after he sustained an injury at Tennessee didn't seem to hurt the punt return game. Early Doucet filled in nicely on punts and Trindon Holliday got some looks on kickoff returns. Colt David still hasn't missed a PAT and is 4 of 7 on field goals. Chris Jackson is near the bottom of the SEC in punting average, but overall LSU isn't that bad kicking the ball. The Tigers are near the bottom of Division I-A in kickoff and punt returns, as well as net punting. Ole Miss' Rob Park is second the SEC in punting and kicker Joshua Shene is 16 of 16 on extra points and 10 of 12 on field goals this season. Ole Miss has to get the nod with those numbers.

Advantage: Ole Miss


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