Matchup: Ole Miss

This week Tennessee takes on Ole Miss in Knoxville. Here's our take on the game:

Game #: 1109
Site: Knoxville
Date: Oct. 1
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Rebels - Orgeron


Vols

Rebels
OLCOMMENTSOL

The Vols expect to have their top five blockers for the first time since Game 1. That's a real plus.

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

Both teams have been unsettled at quarterback but Tennessee's offense seemed to jell when Rick Clausen took over vs. LSU.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

Ole Miss' Mico McSwain is averaging 11.4 yards per carry but he hasn't carried very much and hasn't faced the level of competition UT's Gerald Riggs has.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

Tennessee's receivers are exceptionally talented but they're dropping way too many passes.


Vols

Rebels
DLCOMMENTSDL

The Rebels have a good front but there may not be a better defensive line in college football than Tennessee's.

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

Patrick Willis is out, leaving Ole Miss short-handed. The Vols' linebackers played awfully well against Florida and LSU.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

Tennessee's secondary has stopped giving up big plays. Still, the Rebel secondary is better than the one UT faced at LSU.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

Lucas Taylor has upgraded UT's return teams but Ole Miss' Mike Espy is one of the top return men in college football.


Vols

Rebels
INTANGIBLES

Tennessee has the home field and should have some momentum after outscoring LSU 30-6 in the second half Monday night.

PREDICTION

Unless the Vols are emotionally spent after their big win at Baton Rouge, they should be far too strong for a struggling Rebel team. Tennessee 31, Ole Miss 10.


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