Ole Miss and Wofford will square off at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, in the newly renovated Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Terriers are looking for the biggest upset in program history, while the Rebels are looking to pick up a win before opening conference play against Alabama.
Wofford runs one of the most complex triple-option systems in the FCS. The Terriers have consistently led the FCS in rushing yards per game and use their offense to swing matchups in their favor. The Terriers racked up 346 yards of rushing last week against Tennessee Tech. RB Will Gay led the team with 116 yards, while FB Lorenzo Long rushed for 91 yards. Wofford QB Brad Butler also had a big day on the ground, picking up 85 yards along with three touchdowns. The Terriers only threw the ball eight times in their season opener, but could very easily increase that number against Ole Miss' young secondary.
The Terriers run a 3-4 defense that is known for stopping the run. Wofford's best assets on defense are definitely its safeties. S JoJo Tillery leads the team with 11 tackles, while S Jaleel Green leads the team with one interception. The Terriers' CBs will be strongly outmatched against Ole Miss' talented WRs.
Keys To Victory
- Throw the football
- Blitz Chad Kelly
- Force turnovers
Ole Miss' offense could not be stopped for most of the first half against Florida State. The Rebels ran the ball early which opened up the passing game for QB Chad Kelly. The second half was a different story. Ole Miss relied too much on Kelly and moved away from using the run to open up the pass. While they are down two RB's with Jordan Wilkins ineligible and Eric Swinney lost due to an ACL injury, Ole Miss needs to focus running the ball consistently to ensure success for Kelly and the rest of the offense. Ole Miss' WRs did not disappoint against FSU and should have a field day against Wofford. Look for Kelly to connect with most of his WR's for big touchdowns against the Terriers.
Ole Miss' defensive line is the anchor of its defense. The Rebels held FSU RB Dalvin Cook to only 91 yards of rushing with no touchdowns and pressured FSU QB Deondre Francois consistently all game. The problem for the Rebels lies at LB and in the secondary. While DeMarquis Gates and Terry Caldwell played well, Ole Miss needs more from Rommel Mageo. Huskie Tony Conner looked slow and hurt against FSU and might be best utilized at LB this season. Ole Miss' safeties are talented but young. They'll get a good opportunity this week to improve their technique. Ole Miss also lost CB Ken Webster for the season against FSU. This week's matchup will give the Rebels' younger CB's a chance to pick up valuable in-game reps.
Keys To Victory
- Open rushing lanes for Akeem Judd
- Play disciplined against Wofford's triple option
- Stop Wofford on third downs
Analysis and Prediction
You never want to circle a game and call it a win, but this one is going to be all Ole Miss. Wofford is athletically outmatched in this one. While the Terriers will be able to move down the field and put up some points, Ole Miss' defensive line is too talented for the Terriers to overcome. Chad Kelly and the Rebel offense will have a big day. Ole Miss wins this one 69-13.