This is a given for any game, but especially after last week's lackluster effort. The early night game will be an electric environment inside Jordan-Hare Stadium, so matching Auburn's intensity out of the gate is a must. The Tigers have a lot to play for, but so does Ole Miss considering momentum and keeping recruits interested. Ed Orgeron has to motivate his troops and not let something like last week happen again.
Pressure Brandon Cox
Arkansas' scheme took away the effectiveness of the Ole Miss pass rush, but the Rebels will have the opportunity to get to Cox in the same manner as John Parker Wilson two weeks ago. Hardy and Tillman need to get to the edge and force the Tiger passer into bad decisions and quick throws. Cox can get rattled, and letting him sit back with time will be a death wish for Ole Miss.
Dictate tempo with the running game
BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Bruce Hall need to get back to business and open up the offense with solid runs and long drives. It is a tall task against the talented Auburn front, but being two-dimensional is the only way to win on the Plains. The X-factor here is Cordera Eason. The Meridian standout has received limited playing time and needs carries if expected to be the featured back in 2008. Also, Eason may be the most complete back on the roster.
Win the kicking game
If Josh Shene hits the field goal to open the game last week, momentum would have shifted and at least provided Ole Miss the opportunity to get a lead and avoid the hole early. Drives ending with missed chances discourage the team and give opponents the leg up. Maximizing opportunities is paramount on the road, and Shene has to deliver with field goals and solid kickoffs, even if they are squibs. Shanking even one kick out of bounds will cause trouble and undoubtedly lead to points.
Keys to Victory: Auburn Game
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