It’s been two weeks since No. 22 Ole Miss lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Arkansas. Saturday, the Rebels finally get a chance to get that bad taste out of their mouths, as they face No. 15 LSU in the Magnolia Bowl.
The Rebels and Tigers are both reeling and trying to put the disappointment behind them to finish the season on a strong note.
Let’s take a look at the matchup:
No. 15 LSU (7-2, 4-2 SEC) at No. 22 Ole Miss (7-3, 4-2 SEC)
Kickoff time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Weather: 52 degrees, Cloudy, 30 percent chance of rain, 13 MPH wind from the northwest
Line: Ole Miss -4.5 points (Bovada)
Series record: LSU leads 59-40-4
By The Numbers
- 42.5 – The Ole Miss defense has struggled on third down this season, and it’ll be tested against an efficient LSU offense that excels on third down. The Tigers are fourth in the SEC on third down with a 42.5 conversion percentage. The Rebels are 10th in the SEC on third-down defense.
- 36 – Ole Miss ranks first in the SEC in scoring offense, averaging 40.7 points per game. The Rebels are 36 points away from breaking the single-season school record for points scored in a season.
Storylines To Watch
- Super junior’s final home game: Senior Day always has an impact on a number of leaders on a team, but for Ole Miss, there will also be spotlight on the Rebels’ three juniors who are expected to declare for the NFL draft following the season. It could very well be the final home game for defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.
- Leonard Fournette: For two consecutive weeks, LSU star running back Leonard Fournette, and the Tigers have been unable to do anything offensively without his typically dominant performances. LSU is just 4-6 in Fournette’s career when he does not run for more than 100 yards.
- Laquon Treadwell on a roll: Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has totaled over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown in each of the last five games, which is a school record. He needs 11 catches and 405 receiving yards to break career school records in both categories.
My prediction: Ole Miss 27, LSU 20