Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss fearless prediction and game preview.
Texas A&M (6-4) vs. Ole Miss (5-5) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 18th
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
Tennessee fired Butch Jones, Florida is looking for a new head coach, and Arkansas is really, really close to ending the Bret Bielema experience.
And Texas A&M and Ole Miss might be with new head men at this time next year, too.
The Rebels are still auditioning interim head coach Matt Luke, and there’s a shot he could take the gig by winning out with victories over Texas A&M and in the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State.
He’s done a nice job of steering the ship after the offseason nightmare, and now the Rebels are on a two-game winning streak even after losing star QB Shea Patterson for the year.
Texas A&M has been okay, too, but it lose three games in four dropping down to a mediocre 6-4 with road games against Ole Miss and LSU that could make-or-break the Kevin Sumlin era.
8-4 will make it seem like things are on the upswing with a few dynamic young players to build around. Anything less will likely put A&M on the carousel.
One Reason Why Texas A&M Will Win
Ole Miss just doesn’t take the ball away.
Interceptions were a problem for a while – with six in two games losing to LSU and Arkansas – but the biggest issue continues to be a defense that can’t come up with takeaways.
So far, the Rebels have come up with just seven turnovers with six of them coming in just three games – they weren’t able to come up with any in six games.
As long as the Aggies don’t start screwing up, they have this.
They aren’t above melting down if the passing game starts forcing things like it did against Mississippi State, but they haven’t given the ball away in the last two games and they’ve only lose the turnover margin twice.
The pass rush has slowed down, and the takeaways have all but stopped, but as long as the offense doesn’t screw up, everything should be okay. However, being conservative isn’t okay because …
One Reason Why Ole Miss Will Win
Jordan Ta’amu is on fire.
The loss of Patterson wasn’t exactly supposed to be a deathblow for the season, but it was expected to be a big problem. Enter Ta’amu, who threw for 368 yards in his first start against Arkansas, followed it up with 382 yards and four scores against Kentucky, and bombed away for 418 yards and three touchdowns last week against Louisiana.
The receiving corps that was supposed to be a wee bit of an issue coming into the season now is a big positive going into next year, with A.J. Brown catching 14 passes for 185 yards and two scores last week, and with DaMarcus Lodge turning into a consistent No. 2 guy.
The Rebels are great at bombing away, and they’re going to keep the pressure on the mediocre Aggie secondary all game long.
What’s Going To Happen
It should be a fun firefight between two mid-range SEC West teams in need of a defining moment.
Can Texas A&M’s offense gear it up? It hasn’t been able to hit the 30-point mark in SEC play since the win over Arkansas, and now they’re going to have to start cranking up the offensive production.
The running game will rise up, but the quarterback situation is still just okay.
Ta’amu will get hot right away and A&M will have to get out of its comfort zone. It’ll come down to a few late plays, and at home, the Rebels will come through with score in the final few moments to pull it off.
Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss Prediction
Ole Miss 37, Texas A&M 34
Ole Miss -2.5, o/u: 68
5: KFC fried chicken-scented bath bomb
1: “short and fat” … 1.5
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