Florida-Ole Miss may not have the same appeal as UGA-Alabama, but it’s an important game in the SEC nonetheless.
Much like Florida’s game against Tennessee last weekend, this is yet another prime opportunity for the Jim McElwain regime to establish itself among the SEC hierarchy. Likewise, Ole Miss can continue its ascension with a win in what should be a hostile environment in the Swamp.
Of course, the outcome of Saturday’s game could have a resounding effect on the recruiting trail, too.
The AJC’s SECCountry.com polled a few commits and targets from both programs on who they think will walk away undefeated.
Here is what they had to say.
Chandler Tuitt, OL, Sandy Creek, Ga. (Ole Miss): “I might have to say 57-10, Ole Miss. It’s going to be 26 to 0 at halftime. And I think Ole Miss will pass the ball 75 percent of the game and I think they’re only going to drop two passes. The Ole Miss defense is going to have at least one pick-six.”
Jake Fromm, QB, Houston County, Ga. (Undecided) : “I think Ole Miss is going to play great in the Swamp and take care of business. They’re going to bounce back from an off game they had against Vanderbilt and stay undefeated. Ole Miss by 14.”
Jeffery Simmons, DE, Noxubee County, Miss. (Undecided) : “I think Ole Miss will come out on top. Ole Miss has one of the best defenses in the nation. And Chad Kelly is unbelievable. He can really play. 49-14, Ole Miss.”
David Marshall, DE, Upson-Lee, Ga. (Undecided): “Florida is going to have to stop Robert Nkemdiche from getting in the backfield. Florida is going to have to use its speed. But I have Ole Miss winning, 43-21.”
Jack DeFoor, OL, Calhoun, Ga., (Ole Miss): “I think it will be a hostile environment in the Swamp, but the Ole Miss defensive line will be too much for Florida’s young offensive line to handle. I don’t think Florida will be scoring too much. 35-17, Ole Miss.”
William Poole, CB, Hapeville Charter, Ga. (Undecided): “That’s going to be a good one. I wish I could be there to see it in person. Both are two great teams and have playmakers on both sides of the ball. But I feel that Florida will come out on top in the end. My prediction is 38-28, Florida.”
Blake Vinson, OL, North Marion, Fla. (Undecided): “I think it will be a close game. Whoever wins up front and has the fewest turnovers, I think, will win.”