Head to head: Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss

Next up for Vanderbilt is Ole Miss. VandyMania.com compares different critical team areas of Vanderbilt and Ole Miss and indicates which team has the edge.

Vanderbilt
AREA
Ole Miss
COMMENTS
E  
Vanderbilt rushing offense
vs.
Ole Miss rushing defense
E  
Even. While Vanderbilt has struggled with their ground game over the first two games Ole Miss gives up over 171 yards per game. Vanderbilt will need a running back to step up for this game.  
X  
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Ole Miss passing defense
 
Ole Miss is ranked 110th nationally in pass defense giving up an average of 336 yards a game. Vanderbilt is ranked 54th nationally in pass offense averaging 229.5 yards a game. A lot will depend on the status of the Commodore's star wide receiver Earl Bennett. He "tweaked" an ankle last week against Alabama.  
 
Ole Miss rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
X  
The Rebel's BenJarvus Green-Ellis tore through Missouri last week for 226 yards. Vanderbilt, led by middle linebacker Jonathan Goff, is allowing over 180 yards a game rushing.  
E  
Ole Miss passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
E  
Even. Vanderbilt has a respectable pass defense (19th nationally in pass effiency defense) and kept Alabama's John Parker Wilson under control last week. Ole Miss has a good passing offense led by quarterback Seth Adams who passed for over 300 yards last week against Missouri including a 68-yard scoring pass to Mike Wallace.  
 
Special Teams
X  
Vanderbilt is 110th nationally in net punting. The Commodores return teams have allowed a kickoff return against Richmond and a punt return to the 1 that resulted in an easy 'Bama score. Justin Sparks averages over 42 yards a punt for Ole Miss.  
E  
Coaching
E  
Bobby Johnson is in his sixth year at Vanderbilt with a 16-44 record. Ed Olgeron is in his third year at Ole Miss and has an 8-17 record.  

Prediction:

Ole Miss 23
Vanderbilt 20


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