For what is going to sound like the same thing every week, Ole Miss heads into a crucial game against Auburn on the road on Saturday.
A loss for Ole Miss will in all likelihood end any hopes of winning an SEC title, but a win will continue to build momentum and put them one step closer to a potential SEC West title game in Oxford come Nov. 21 against LSU. Auburn needs two more wins to become bowl eligible, and a loss at home makes it much more difficult with Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama still on the schedule.
Let’s take a look at the matchup:
No. 19 Ole Miss (6-2, 3-1 SEC) at Auburn (4-3, 1-3 SEC)
Kickoff time: Saturday, Noon ET (ESPN)
Weather: 65 degrees, Cloudy, 0 percent chance of rain, 9 MPH wind from the southeast
Line: Ole Miss -7.5 points (BOVADA)
Series record: Auburn leads 29-10
By The Numbers
- 20 – Ole Miss ranks first in the SEC and ninth nationally in scoring, averaging 41 points per game. However, in the Rebels last three SEC games, they are averaging just 20 points per game. Ole Miss will have an opportunity to score some points against an Auburn defense that has been pretty pedestrian this season, but if they don’t, that could mean disaster for the Rebels.
- 15 – Ole Miss has played in 15 games on Halloween in its history, and the Rebels are 6-7-1 in those contests. In fact, the last game Ole Miss played on Halloween was against the Tigers — a 33-20 Auburn win at Jordan-Hare Stadium back in 2009.
Storylines To Watch
- Laquon Treadwell: Everyone knows the story. Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell meets Auburn for the first time since breaking his leg against the Tigers, as he was going into the end zone for what would have been the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter of last year’s contest. Now, he gets an opportunity at redemption, and his performance may become subject of lore if Ole Miss can get a win.
- Carl Lawson: The health status of Auburn sophomore defensive end Carl Lawson could play a huge role on this game. Lawson has been out almost the whole season with a hip injury, but the dynamic playmaker returned to practice this week. If he is able to give it a go and play a substantial amount of plays, that significantly raises the quality of the Tigers’ defensive front four. The question is how effective can he be if he does play?
- Quick Start: If Ole Miss can jump on Auburn early, they could cruise to a road SEC West win. The Tigers entered the season with national championship aspirations, and now reaching a bowl game is in question. It’s an early kickoff on Halloween. There are tickets on the secondary ticket market for as low as $25. To summarize, it’s not your typical road game at Auburn. If the Rebels can build an early lead and take the fans that are in attendance out of the game, they can neutralize the home-field advantage and have a significantly better chance to win the game.
My prediction: No. 19 Ole Miss 27, Auburn 20