Auburn vs. Ole Miss fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 20
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
Auburn (4-3) vs. Ole Miss (5-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Auburn Will Win
On the plus side, Jarrett Stidham got going.
The offense has been the issue for most of the season – doing an underwhelming job on the ground and not getting enough downfield passing from Stidham and company – but in the stunning loss to Tennessee, Stidham threw two picks, but he also came up with his first 300-yard game of the year.
The Ole Miss secondary can be rocked.
Arkansas wasn’t able to do it in last week’s loss, but that’s because the Hogs spent so much time running the ball. For the most part, the secondary is giving up way too many big plays and should be hit for 300 yards again if Stidham gets into a groove.
But the Tigers can try to finally crank up the running game, too. The much-maligned O line should be able to get going against an Ole Miss defensive front that can’t stop the run and gets gashed big. The Rebels are last in the SEC in run defense.
One Reason Why Ole Miss Will Win
Jordan Ta’amu continues to go off.
Ole Miss is getting production on the ground from Scottie Philips, but the O goes through the air, and Ta’amu is the hottest SEC quarterback outside of that Tua guy.
Ta’amu struggled against LSU and Alabama – and that’s been it. Those are the team’s two losses. When he throws for 300 yards or more – he has yet to be under 336 yards so far – Ole Miss is 5-0. Going back to last year, the Rebels are 7-1 when he throws for 300.
Auburn has faced three quarterbacks who can throw. Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald was too busy running wild on the Tigers to put the ball in the air in a 23-9 win, Washington’s Jake Browning threw for 296 yards in the opener, and Jarrett Guarantano bombed was for 328 yards and over ten yards per pass in Tennessee’s win last week.
Guarantano hadn’t thrown for over 175 yards against anyone else all season long.
What’s Going To Happen
Ole Miss not having DK Metcalf around is going to sting. He’s out for the year with a neck injury, taking away the teams’ most dangerous deep threat.
Auburn just can’t put together enough positive consistent games, and it’s suffering a power shortage at the wrong time.
The team might come out fired up and ready to come up with a big performance, but this will be a bit of a shootout, and Ole Miss does it better.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Ole Miss 34, Auburn 30
Line: Auburn -4, o/u: 62.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 3.5
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