Ole Miss hosts #15 Auburn at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for a must win matchup on Saturday

Ole Miss squares off against #15 Auburn at 6:15 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday. Check out the keys to victory for each team.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Ole Miss. Losses to Arkansas and LSU knocked the Rebels out of the national rankings and the same issues that plagued the Rebels in their first two losses seem to have been amplified as the season has stretched on. This includes no run game, the inability to stop the run, and second half problems on offense. If Ole Miss wants a shot at regaining some momentum for the remainder of the season, the Rebels will have to play one of their best games of the season against the Tigers.

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Ole Miss

Keys To Victory

  • Slow down Auburn's rushing attack
  • Score in the second half
  • Take deep shots

KAMRYN PETTWAY (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Auburn

Keys To Victory

  • Get pressure on Chad Kelly
  • Run the football
  • Stop Evan Engram

Analysis & Prediction

This is a must win for Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss. The Rebels haven’t been in this position since Freeze’s debut season as head coach. Ole Miss needs this win badly to salvage the 2016 season. When you look at it on paper though it’s just not a good matchup for the Rebels. This matchup features one of the worst rush defenses in the country against one of the best rush offenses and that factor will end up deciding this game. Ole Miss’ offense will bounce back after two subpar performances, but the Rebels’ defense will not have an answer for Auburn’s running backs. That's why Auburn will win this one 52-48.


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