Game Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: SEC Network
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
How to watch online: WatchESPN
Odds: Ole Miss opened as a 13-point favorite. The line bumped up to 14.5 points in their favor. Info comes via OddsShark.
The Ole Miss Rebels host the Memphis Tigers Saturday night in a game that carries a heavy dose of revenge. Last season, the Tigers beat Ole Miss effectively eliminating any chance the most talented team in Ole Miss history would qualify for the College Football Playoff. Memphis will travel to The Grove undefeated, and on the heels of a 77-3 destruction of Bowling Green.
Ole Miss is coming off a beat down of its own against Georgia. The stage is set for a competitive affair.
Three things to watch
- The Ole Miss offense versus a tough Memphis defense. The uptempo Rebel attack is averaging 40 points per game and nearly seven yards per play. The Tigers defense meanwhile has only allowed 27 points in three games, and is ranked 19th in S&P+ rankings. The Tigers have yet to face an offense as strong as the one that scored 43 points against Alabama’s top five defense last week.
- The Rebels pass-rush will be needed. Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson was named the American Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for six touchdowns in only one half of play last week. For the year, the junior is completing 67 percent of his passes for 843 yards, 11 touchdowns, and only two interceptions. Memphis is allowing three sacks per game, and the Rebels will have to get to Ferguson to try and disrupt his timing and confidence. Marquis Haynes, DeMarquis Gates, and Benito Jones are three Rebel players that need to create as much chaos this week as they did last week against Georgia.
- Sealing the deal. The Rebels currently stand as a two touchdown betting favorite, but in order to finish with a comfortable victory they will have to put together four quarters of good football. Allowing an early lead to fizzle as the game progresses is what cost them the game last year against Memphis after the Rebels took a first quarter 14-0 lead. Losing leads has continued to be an issue in the two losses this season. Ole Miss is finishing 2-2 against the spread so far this season, and was an 11 point favorite heading into last year’s game.