Ole Miss vs. Arkansas fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 13
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock, AR
Network: SEC Network
Ole Miss (4-2) vs. Arkansas (1-5) Game Preview
One Reason Why Ole Miss Will Win
The Ole Miss passing game has been slowed to a dead stop … by Alabama and LSU.
Against everyone else, the Rebels and QB Jordan Ta’amu have gone off, putting up way over 300 yards on a regular basis, throwing for just one touchdown against the Tide and Tigers, and 12 in the other four games with just one pick.
The Hog secondary has allowed over 200 passing yards in every game but the loss to Auburn, and it was just destroyed by Mr. Tagovailoa and Alabama for 393 yards and four scores, allowing 22 yards per throw.
Ole Miss leads the SEC and is fifth in the nation in passing yards per completion.
Arkansas is among the worst teams in the country in pass efficiency defense, and it has the SEC’s least-efficient passing game.
One Reason Why Arkansas Will Win
It doesn’t seem like it, but Arkansas really is taking tiny steps to improve.
The 31 points put up by the Hogs last week were the most the Crimson Tide have allowed in a regular season game since early in the 2016 season. They might have come in garbage time, but the offense didn’t quit, and the passing attack actually did show a little bit.
It’s going to take something quirky for Arkansas to pull this off, or at least keep it close. The passing game has to be great, Ole Miss has to keep committing too many penalties, and the Rebel special teams have to melt down.
Ole Miss is dead last in the nation in punt coverage. Okay, so that’s off of just three returns, and one of them was a 71-yarder for a score against ULM, but Arkansas needs return man Deon Stewart to pop one – or two.
What’s Going To Happen
Ole Miss has had two weeks off, and Arkansas is coming off the Alabama game.
Both passing games will be fun, and there will be plenty of points and yards in the firefight. The Rebels will have far more of them with Ta’amu hitting the 400-yard mark, taking the lead early and staying out front as the Hogs do what they can to keep up.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Ole Miss 41, Arkansas 31
Line: Ole Miss -6.5, o/u: 70.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3.5
Must See Rating: 2.5
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