Check out the Ole Miss vs. LSU fearless prediction and game preview.
Ole Miss (3-3) vs. LSU (4-2) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Game Time: 9:00 pm
Venue: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Why Ole Miss Will Win
The Rebels should play with a massive air of desperation, and they should play at a whole other level in its season’s make-or-break game.
At least that’s what Ole Miss fans are hoping for.
Can a team that’s good enough and talented enough to hang with anyone in the country really start the year 3-4? If the defense continues to struggle, yeah, but Chad Kelly is good enough to carry the Rebels on the road and keep forcing LSU out of their comfort zone.
He struggled against Arkansas with his accuracy, but he kept the game alive with his legs in the 34-30 loss. The LSU secondary has been terrific over the last few weeks, but Ole Miss has to keep bombing – Kelly has the right baller’s mindset to play up to the moment and the environment.
The Tiger offense might be scoring since Ed Orgeron took over the reins, but can it really keep up the pace? The Rebels are finding ways to move the ball however they need to.
Mostly the production is coming from Kelly making plays, but the O has managed 400 yards or more against everyone but FSU, and 500 yards or more against Alabama, Georgia and Memphis.
LSU has to prove it can keep up in a shootout.
Why LSU Will Win
This isn’t the Land Shark, Ole Miss defense of recent years, especially against the run.
The Rebels are holding their own on long plays, but they’re getting pounded on week after week by teams that commit to the running attack. Arkansas didn’t blow up last week, but it was able to crank out the clock by sticking with the run, coming up with 200 yards on 51 carries.
And now Leonard Fournette is back.
Derrius Guice has been terrific, but Fournette is returning from an ankle injury just as the LSU attitude and fortunes are starting to turn around.
Playing Missouri and Southern Miss isn’t like playing Alabama and Texas A&M, but both teams have high-powered passing games, and they were both shut down to a dead stop. It’s not a coincidence that with the coaching change, the defense got better with the secondary allowing fewer than 200 passing yards in each of the last two games.
Kelly is Kelly – he can carry an offense by himself – but the Rebels will have to get the running backs going to win, and they’re not doing that against this rested and charged up defense. The Tigers are allowing fewer than three yards per carry, and with two weeks off to prepare, the Ole Miss back aren’t going to get rumbling against this D.
What’s Going To Happen?
The unexpected week off did wonders for LSU last week. Yeah, it took a half to get going against Southern Miss, but the defense is playing with a quickness in its step it didn’t seem to have a few weeks ago, and the offense kicked it into high gear with two straight terrific performances.
Ole Miss is finding ways to be just good enough to stay in games, but it’s going to hit a wall this week. This is a different LSU team now, and it’s going to keep playing like the one everyone thought would rock from the very start.
Ole Miss vs. LSU Prediction
Final Score: LSU 34, Ole Miss 23
Line: LSU -5.5, o/u: 60.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Cash in the 401k – 1: Broke College Athlete: Anything Helps … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Phi Slama Jama – 1: Kevin Can Wait … 4