Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Ole Miss (0-0) vs. Texas Tech (0-0) Game Preview
There will be some excellent defensive slugfests in the first big weekend of games, with offenses trying to get the pieces in place leading to a few slugfests.
This is going to be the opposite of that.
It was a long, long, long time ago, but the last time these two teams played, Ole Miss won 47-34 in the 2009 Cotton Bowl. The game before that? Texas Tech won 49-45 in 2003, and won 42-28 in 2002.
Texas Tech might have its best defense yet under Kliff Kingsbury, but it’s Texas Tech – it’s going to wing the ball all over the yard.
Ole Miss isn’t able to go bowling this year, and every spotlight game like this will matter. Oh yeah, and the Rebels are going to throw and throw and throw some more, too.
If everything goes according to plan, this should be one of the wildest shootouts of the weekend, and it should be among the biggest pressure-packed games. For the loser, the hope of a winning season might be shattered right away – each team has a nasty schedule ahead.
The winner – or, the survivor – will have a huge resumé moment that might just propel the team into a big year. At least, that will be the hope.
One Reason Why Ole Miss Will Win
The offense that finished second in the SEC and 18th overall – and led the conference averaging 328 passing yards per game – should be even more amazing and more explosive.
Shea Patterson might be leading the way at Michigan now, but Jordan Ta’amu is back along with almost all of the top receivers. AJ Brown is just about everyone’s top receiver prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft, and there are more dangerous deep threats where they came from.
The team will get off the bus with 300 passing yards.
Meanwhile, yeah, the Texas Tech offense will be great, but it has to replace just about all the main men, including at quarterback.
In a shootout like this will be, the team with the most returning experience to start the season should be the sharper attack in the clutch – at least, in theory.
One Reason Why Texas Tech Will Win
Yeah, in a game like this, it might be the first one to 45 wins, but Texas Tech has the far better defense and the ability to come up with the big stop that Ole Miss probably can’t.
The top nine tacklers are back for the Red Raiders, led by a solid-looking secondary with a great group of safeties. The corners are going to be iffy at times, but the rest of the defense should be able to make up for it.
The big concern for this D is stopping the run, and that’s not going to be an issue in this game. As long as the back seven can stop the mid-range, quick pass plays before they can get started, it’ll hold serve enough to let the offense – even with the new parts trying to figure it out – do its thing.
What’s Going To Happen
Oh yes, this will be fun.
The two teams will combine for close to 700 passing yards with a whole slew of big plays.
The Ole Miss offense will be slightly better and more productive than the Texas Tech attack, but the Texas Tech defense will be far better in key spots than the Ole Miss D.
This might not be the win Kingsbury needs right out of the gate to take all of the pressure off, but it sure will help.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Texas Tech 45, Ole Miss 40
Line: Texas Tech -1.5, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1
Must See Rating: 3.5
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