2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Ole Miss Offense
Move the chains. The Rebels were amazing at cranking up the deep passes and explosive plays, but they couldn’t generate the mundane – at least on third downs. It would be nice to hit on over 40% of the third down chances on a more consistent basis – Ole Miss was 4-0 last year when it did. But the O sputtered too much late in the season, going under the 36% in the last five games – losing them all – and connecting on 1-of-11 tries against Texas A&M and went 0-for-10 against Mississippi State.
Biggest Key To The Ole Miss Defense
Be more disruptive. The Rebels have to be better defensively at just about everything, but the experience is there to make a decent jump in production. Now the big plays have to come in the backfield and at taking the ball away. The D generated a paltry 15 takeaways on the year and just three in the final five games. The interceptions were scarce – a mere three in the last eight games – and with just one fumble recovery in the last six games.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Matt Corral, RFr.
Not having Shea Patterson around anymore wasn’t that big a deal with Jordan Ta’amu coming up with a huge season, but now it’s up to Corral to be ready to push for well over 3,500 yards despite the loss of a whole slew of top-shelf receivers. He’s not all that big at just 6-1 and 205 pounds, but he’s got a live arm and can move – he’ll add more to the rushing attack than Ta’amu did.
Key Game To The Ole Miss Season
Arkansas, Sept. 7
It’s one of those games that Ole Miss just needs to be able to survive. Arkansas won’t have a defense, but it should be able to throw the ball a whole lot better to make this a shootout. Ole Miss needs to prove it has a defense, and it’ll have to throw it around to keep up in the shootout.
Beat Memphis to start the season, take down SE Louisiana, and survive Cal at home. If the Rebels can do that and beat Arkansas, they’ll be 4-0 with winnable home games against Vanderbilt and New Mexico State still to play to get to six and bowl eligibility.
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2018 Ole Miss Fun Stats
– Sacks: Opponents 32 for 196 yards – Ole Miss 22 for 132 yards
– 4th Quarter Scoring: Ole Miss 101 – Opponents 61
– Time of Possession: Opponents 33:02 – Ole Miss 26:58