A look ahead

LSU will get back into conference play this weekend when Ole Miss travels to Baton Rouge on Saturday to face off with the 18th-ranked LSU Tigers.

The Rebels (6-4) became bowl eligible this past weekend after a 59-0 home win over the University of Louisiana-Monroe, the greatest margin of victory since a 69-7 win over Southern Miss in 1969.

 

Transfer quarterback Jevan Sneed proved to be the hot hand on the afternoon, throwing three touchdowns and rushing for two more in helping the Rebels get back to the bowl scene for the first time since the 2003 season.

 

The Rebels finished the game with 520 yards of total offense, 341 of which came by way of first half production alone.

 

First year head coach Houston Nutt says that his team is ready to turn the win into momentum for the upcoming game against the Tigers.

 

"I want them to always be hungry and thinking they can do better," Nutt said. "That's the attitude you have to have. Go back out there tomorrow and practice and get ready for a tough football team on the road before 94,000 hostile fans.

 

“You have to get ready,” added Nutt. “Our guys are hungry. I think they smell it now. They have good heads on their shoulders. We've got to keep working."

 

While the Rebels were successful behind Snead, running back Cordera Eason added another dimension when he carried the ball 14 times for 107 yards.

 

"Cordera was huge," Nutt said. "He's getting better each week. He's running with his pads over his toes and he's running with his eyes. He understands the schemes, the blocking schemes. He made a block on a passing play that was just beautiful. He's playing really good football right now."

 

With the team hot on offense, the defense remained just as dominant, giving up just 131 total yards.

 

"You can't give our defense enough credit," Nutt said. "When they're stopping them like that and you're getting that many three-and-outs, and you're getting great field position, we played three-fourths of that game 50-yard line this way. It doesn't take as much to execute on a short field. That's winning the field position war. Credit goes to our defense. They played hard."

 

The Rebels head into the matchup with LSU riding the production of Snead, who has completed 136-of-254 passes for 1,983 yards and 17 touchdowns.

 

The rushing attack has been three-fold, seeing Eason, Dexter McCluster and Brandon Bolden all sharing carries.

 

Eason has carried the ball 109 times for 545 yards and three touchdowns, McCluster has carried the rock 72 times for 457 yards and four touchdowns and Bolden has rushed 80 times for 400 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

 

Through the air, Shay Hodge has logged 31 receptions for 545 yards and seven touchdowns.

 

Defensively, the Rebels are holding opponents to 20 points and 328 yards of total offense a game.

 

Tight end David Traxler has missed the Rebels last four games as a result of a bad back, and remains questionable for the game against the Tigers.


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