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
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Vanderbilt rushing offense
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Ole Miss rushing defense
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Vanderbilt, led by tailback Jared Hawkins and quarterback Chris Nickson, have the 17th best rushing offense in the nation. Ole Miss' rushing defense is tough and allows just 114 yards per game. If Rebel'ss defensive end Greg Hardy, who returned to practice this week after recovering from an injury, is ready to play they may be even tougher.  
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Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Ole Miss passing defense
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Vanderbilt is gaining only 84 yards per game through the air, however, the Commdores haven't needed to pass much as their running game has produced well. Even though Vanderbilt is 118th nationally in passing Nickson has shown good accuracy and completed well over 50 percent of his passes and with no interceptions. Ole Miss is 77th nationally in passing defense and gives up about 219 yards per game. Jeremy McGee broke up two passes in last week's 34-10 victory over Samford.  
EVEN  
Ole Miss rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
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Ole Miss has a potent rushing game as Brandon Bolden, Dexter McCluster and Cordera Eason combin to average over 170 yards a game for the Rebels. Vanderbilt's rushing defense has allowed just 98 yards a game this season. Patrick Benoist, who is injured but expected to play, leads the Commodore defense along with redshirt freshman middle linebacker Chris Marve.  
EVEN  
Ole Miss passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
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Vandy's secondary is regarded as one of the top units in the SEC. However, you couldn't tell that by looking at the passiing yardage they've allowed. The Commodores have given up well over 250 yards a game on average. However, a look at the opponents will make things clear. All three opponents were pass happy teams who trailed Vanderbilt. One stat does stand out: Vandy has six interceptions so far this season. Ole Miss passing offense has looked great. The Rebs are led by quarterback Jevan Snead who has yet to be sacked this season. Snead is a Texas transfer who's passed for 660 yards in three games.  
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Special Teams
 
Very slight edge here for Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt special teams have been special this season. Ole Miss has been quite a formidable unit as well. The Commodores, led by D.J. Moore, rank sixth nationally in punt returns. Ole Miss is no slouch is this area either and are ranked eighth nationally. Both teams kickers are very accurate and neither has missed this season. Vanderbilt has the edge in net punting and in kickoff returns. The men from Nashville have also blocked a field goal and produced turnovers on special teams.  
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Coaching
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Two solid head coaches will be on the sidelines on Saturday in Oxford. Houston Nutt is in his first season at Ole Miss after a long stint at Arkansas. Nutt is 1-1 versus Bobby Johnson. Johnson is in his seventh season at Vanderbilt and sports a 23-50 record at the school, most of those wins coming in the last four years.  

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