The Missouri Tigers are one of those surprise teams in college football this season. The Tigers weren’t expected to even come close to contending in their second season as members of the SEC, but they are in the driver’s seat for the East division, just two wins away from making an appearance in the title game.
On the other side of the field, the Ole Miss Rebels lost three consecutive games from Sept. 28 to Oct. 12 but have won four straight games since. The Rebels look like a surprise contender to knock the Tigers off and spoil their bid to win a conference title.
Missouri has been one of the best rushing offenses in the nation this season. Don’t sleep on the pass game either as James Franklin leads the way with 1,577 yards and 14 touchdowns but has missed four straight games with a separated shoulder, but should be back this week. L’Damian Washington is the top receiver with 36 catches for 680 yards and nine touchdowns while Dorial Green-Beckham is second with 40 catches for 579 yards and nine scores. Henry Josey leads the strong rushing attack with 760 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Ole Miss has one of the best offenses in the conference as the Rebels rank 19th in passing yards per game. Bo Wallace leads the potent passing attack with 2,664 yards and 17 touchdowns, connecting with Donte Moncrief 44 times for 686 yards and five touchdowns. The rushing attack ranks 31st in the nation behind Jeff Scott‘s 488 yards and two touchdowns on 7.6 yards per carry while I’Tavius Mathers has 429 yards and two scores.
Defensively, the Rebels rank 49th in the nation in points allowed per game while also ranking 44th in yards allowed per contest. Missouri ranks 20th in points allowed per game as well as allowing just under 400 yards per game, ranking 51st nationally.
Missouri will travel to Ole Miss to take on the Rebels at 7:45 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 23. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Missouri 31, Ole Miss 24