HEAD TO HEAD: VANDERBILT VS. OLE MISS

Vanderbilt meets Ole Miss on Saturday at L.P. Field. VandyMania.com's Don Yates compares the two teams in several critical areas. We also make a prediction on the game's final score.

VANDERBILT PASSING OFFENSE
VS.
OLE MISS PASSING DEFENSE
EDGE: OLE MISS
REMARKS: Vanderbilt as a team completed 16-34 passes for 224 yards and three interceptions last week against Temple. Commodore quarterback Stephen Rivers connected on 12-of-25 passes for 186 yards and an interception. The Rebels picked off four passes in their win over Boise State and held the Broncos to 264 yards on 36-of-48 completions. Ole Miss nickel back Mike Hilton was top tackler (9) versus Boise State.

VANDERBILT RUSHING OFFENSE
VS.
OLE MISS RUSHING DEFENSE
EDGE: OLE MISS
REMARKS: Vandy managed just 54 rushing yards on 29 carries in their 37-7 loss to Temple. However, running back Ralph Webb gives the Commodores hope in this area. The young Webb gained 70 yards 14 carries against Temple. Vandy's veteran offensive line is loaded with players with starting experience. Last week Ole Miss allowed BSU 135 yards rushing on 37 attempts (3.6 YPC). Defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche was one of the top recruits in the nation in the 2013 class. He and his teammates garnered 10 1/2 tackles for losses against the Broncos offense in the Rebel opener.

OLE MISS PASSING OFFENSE
VS.
VANDERBILT PASSING DEFENSE
EDGE: OLE MISS
REMARKS: Ole Miss gained 387 yards passing through the air last week in a 35-13 win over Boise State. Senior quarterback Bo Wallace who hails from Pulaski, Tenn., completed 25 of 36 passes for 387 yards and four TDs in the Rebs opening win. Sophomore wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who torched Vandy last year at Vanderbilt Stadium, led the Rebels with seven catches in the win over Boise State. The Ole Miss blockers allowed BSU just two sacks. Vandy allowed Temple 207 passing for two touchdowns in its opener. Defensive back Oren Burks finished with two pass breakups. Darreon Herring and Kyle Woestmann each had quarterback hurries. Defensive back Ryan White and defensive lineman Adam Butler shared one sack of the Owls.

OLE MISS RUSHING OFFENSE
VS.
VANDERBILT RUSHING DEFENSE
EDGE: VANDERBILT
REMARKS: Mark Dodson led the Rebels in the opener with 27 yards on four carries (6.8 ypc). Ole Miss as a team gained just 71 yards (2.1 YPC) on the Broncos. Ole Miss did get a TD late in the game on a Dodson 19-yard run. Vandy allowed Temple 144 yards rushing on 45 carries last week. Linebacker Stephen Weatherly led Vandy with eight stops.

SPECIAL TEAMS
EDGE: EVEN
REMARKS: Punter Will Gleeson, an Australia native, averaged 47 yards a punt and placed three of four punts inside the 20 in the opening victory. Ole Miss did not attempt a field goal in their opening victory. Vandy punter Colby Cooke was superb against Temple. On seven boots he averaged 41.3 yards a punt and put two inside the 10-yard line and another inside the 20. Vandy return men Tre Herndon (kickoff) and Darrius Sims (kickoff and punt) each had a fumble in their opening game. Laquon Treadwell had a short kickoff return for Ole Miss in the opener. Markell Pack returned one punt for 2 yards. Both team's coverage units were sound.

COACHING
EDGE: OLE MISS
REMARKS: Vanderbilt's Derek Mason is in his first season as a head coach. In 2012 Mason was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach, after directing a defense that ranks among the best in the nation and finest in Stanford history. Mason, like Rhule, has some NFL coaching experience serving stints with the Vikings, Raiders, Giants and Rams.

Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze is a seasoned head coach with a 46-18 overall record (16-11 at Ole Miss). He's led Ole Miss to two bowl game in his two season in Oxford. He also led Arkansas State to a 10-1 record in 2011. Prior to Arkansas State he coached at Lambuth.

INTANGIBLES
EDGE: EVEN
REMARKS: Vanderbilt has won two straight games at LP Field. The 'Dores beat Boston College in the 2009 Music City Bowl and then won that bowl again in 2012, beating N.C. State. The Commodores have also dominated their series with Ole Miss over the past few years. However, cloud of doom now seems to be hovering over Vanderbilt after the first loss to an opponent it was favored to beat in three years. Ole Miss might due a letdown after the heroics of a late comeback win over Boise State.

PREDICTION: Ole Miss 27, Vanderbilt 13.

VandyMania.com Top Stories