Game Time: Noon ET
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Odds: Ole Miss -27.5, the line opened at -20.5 but quickly moved up to around -27. Over/Under 63.
Ole Miss (3-5) looks to break a three-game losing streak with Georgia Southern (4-4) coming to Oxford for the Rebels’ last nonconference game. The Rebs and Eagles have never met previously.
As Ole Miss looks to try to make it back to a bowl, what looked like it would be a “get better game” going into the last month of the season has now turned into a must-win for the Rebels to go bowling again.
Rebels sophomore offensive lineman Javon Patterson has started every game thus far at left guard, but will garner his first start at center as usual starting center Robert Conyers and backup (and starting right tackle) Sean Rawlings are out. Left tackle Rod Taylor did not practice earlier in the week again after missing the Auburn game, so the Rebels’ offensive front looks like it will be a patchwork.
With an overall lack of depth at linebacker and Demarquis Gates undergoing an MRI on his knee earlier in the week, senior defensive end John Youngblood moved back to linebacker as Dave Wommack’s defensive staff searches for any possible options at the position.
This game overall should be a quick one as Georgia Southern looks to run the ball on over 70 percent of their plays and Ole Miss should be looking to get the game over as quickly as possible while staying healthy. Look for Ole Miss to try to exploit athletic mismatches with Evan Engram and Damore’ea Stringfellow to try to build an early lead and coast through the game with the rushing game.
Eugene Brazley had a big game earlier in the season for Ole Miss against Memphis with 124 carries and a pair of touchdowns on 13 carries and had a big role in several non-conference games last season, so look for Ole Miss to feed Brazley the ball as the game roles on.