It’s a crucial game for both Ole Miss and Texas A&M when the Rebels and Aggies clash on Saturday in Oxford.
A loss for Ole Miss could spiral into a disastrous end of the season, but a win could get this team back on track and keep it in control of its own destiny in the SEC West. For Texas A&M, two straight losses would end any SEC title hopes as well, but the schedule eases up before a showdown against LSU to end the regular season.
Let’s take a look at the matchup:
No. 15 Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC) at No. 24 Ole Miss (5-2, 2-1 SEC)
Kickoff time: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Weather: 71 degrees, Cloudy, 5 percent chance of rain, 3 MPH wind from the southeast
Line: Ole Miss -6 points
Series record: Texas A&M leads 6-1
By The Numbers
- 25.7 – Ole Miss leads the SEC and ranks seventh nationally in scoring offense, averaging 43.6 points per game. However, in the Rebels three games against ranked opponents this season, they are averaging just 25.7 points per game. Going into a game against another high-powered offense, Ole Miss has to figure things out and put some big points on the scoreboard.
- 25 – The Rebels enter the weekend ranked 24th in the Associated Press top 25. It is the 25th consecutive week for Ole Miss to be ranked, the longest streak since 1957-62. Obviously, the Rebels need a big win against the Aggies to keep that streak going.
Storylines To Watch
- Third Down: Ole Miss’ third-down struggles have been well documented this week, and everyone inside the football facilities in Oxford has been asked about it over and over. This weekend, the Rebels get another shot to improve those numbers. If they do, Ole Miss should have a great shot at winning the game. If not, it could be a long day for a defense that has been on the field a ton this season.
- Laremy Tunsil vs. Myles Garrett: The timing couldn’t have worked out better for Ole Miss to get Laremy Tunsil back on the field. The star left tackle will go one-on-one against Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. Tunsil has given up just two sacks in his first two seasons at Ole Miss. Garrett leads the SEC with 8.5 sacks this season, and he also has 11.5 tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles. That should be a scout’s dream to watch those two go against each other.
- Quick Start: Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told reporters this week that his team, especially his defense, would need to get off to a good start against Texas A&M. The Rebels have had a tough time getting things going back in their direction when the momentum is on the opposing sideline, so expect Ole Miss to do everything they can to grab an early lead.
My prediction: No. 15 Texas A&M 38, No. 24 Ole Miss 27