The LSU Tigers should be in the talks of the best team in the nation. They have exceeded expectations this season, beginning with a 6-1 record and one of the top offenses in the country. Sure, they still have a ton of tough games left on the schedule, but the Tigers could be that team to ruin some seasons on their way to a conference title.
On the other side of the field, the Ole Miss Rebels have been on the downward trend after three straight losses following a 3-0 start and an appearance in the top-25 rankings. However, Hugh Freeze‘s squad has been struggling lately and three straight losses will do that to you.
There is no shortage of confidence on the LSU Tigers’ entire team. Zach Mettenberger has been the most surprising quarterback in the nation and has seen his draft stock rise considerably through seven weeks of the season. The Tigers’ quarterback has 1,890 passing yards and 15 touchdowns on the season thanks to two of the best receivers in college football. Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry have combined for 1,407 yards and 13 touchdowns catches on the season — the best one-two punch in the nation. Don’t forget about the run game with Jeremy Hill who has 715 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.
Ole Miss has been searching for some confidence lately after the three-game tough stretch. Bo Wallace has been struggling at quarterback, passing for just 1,444 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with three interceptions and a completion percentage that has fallen under 60 because of recent poor performances. Jeff Scott looks to be out with an injury and losing the team’s leading rusher puts more pressure on Wallace to hit his targets with no run game to back him up.
Defensively, the Rebels rank 74th in the nation in points against per game with just over 27 while ranking 65th in the nation in yards allowed per game with 399. This could be good news for Mettenberger and crew. The Tigers allow just 22 points per game along with just 348.9 yards per game.
The LSU Tigers will travel to Ole Miss to take on the Rebels at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 19. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: LSU 37, Ole Miss 27