Keys to victory for Saturday's matchup between #12 Ole Miss and #22 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.

Ole Miss is looking for its first win against Arkansas in two years on Saturday. The Rebels and Razorbacks are set to kick off at 6 p.m. CT from Razorback Stadium on ESPN.

Ole Miss has not had great luck against Arkansas recently. In 2014 Ole Miss’ prolific offense was shut out in Fayetteville, losing 30-0 to the Razorbacks. Last season the Rebels put up 52 points but Arkansas pulled away in 2 OT with a 53-52 win. That loss to Arkansas knocked Ole Miss out of SEC title contention and ended any hopes the Rebels had of a college football playoff berth. The past two losses definitely has Ole Miss motivated to win this year, but motivation alone won’t be enough. 

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Ole Miss

Keys To Victory

  • Limit Arkansas' run game
  • Run the football
  • Force turnovers

Michael Woods, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas

Keys To Victory

  • Stop Evan Engram
  • Force Chad Kelly to make mistakes
  • Reestablish run game

Analysis & Prediction

This game has all the makings of another shootout. Both defenses have strong areas but also glaring holes. Ole Miss will score on Arkansas using its endless options in the receiving game and with Chad Kelly’s legs. Arkansas will mix it up between the run game and Austin Allen's arm. In the end, however, Ole Miss' defense gets some critical stops and the Rebels win this one 49-41. Arkansas’ defense has been awful this year on third downs and big moments. This is where Kelly and the Ole Miss offense’s experience comes in and the Rebels escape Fayetteville with a win.


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