Auburn is the higher-ranked team, the Tigers are on a four-game winning streak and playing their best football of the year.
All of those factors point to Auburn earning a victory on Saturday, and provide rationale for the contest’s 4.5-point spread.
Ole Miss topped Auburn, 27-19 last season, but the Tigers have one other thing working in their favor — that’s history.
As Paul Finebaum pointed out on Thursday, Ole Miss has not beaten Auburn in back-to-back games since 1949-52 when the Rebels won three straight.
In fact, the Tigers hold a 28-7 record against Ole Miss since that 1952 loss with their longest winning streak lasting nine games.
The Rebels record may not be indicative of the team’s overall talent, as Ole Miss was ranked as the nation’s No. 12 teams two weeks ago. The Rebels have played a tough schedule with their other two losses coming against Florida State and Alabama. The Rebels’ best win of the season came against a down Georgia team in Week 4.
Ole Miss enters Saturday’s contest with a 3-4 (1-3 SEC) record coming off back-to-back losses to Arkansas and LSU — both of which Auburn already beat this season.
The Tigers torched the Razorbacks last week, 56-3, but Ole Miss suffered a four-point loss to that same Arkansas team a week prior.
The two teams will kickoff at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday and the game will be aired on SEC Network.