HOW TO WATCH
Time: 11 a.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
Line: Auburn -3.5
Auburn: The Tigers fell to South Carolina for the first time in nearly 90 years as Bo Nix struggled, throwing three interceptions.
Ole Miss: The Rebels blazing offense was cooled down by Arkansas’ strong defensive attack, as the Razorbacks came away with a 33-21 victory.
What we have here is essentially a must-win game for the Auburn Tigers. I understand that may seem foolish in just the fifth week of a very weird season, but hear me out. Bo Nix is supposed to be the guy and take a huge step forward this season. So far, that has been nowhere to be seen. Nix has just five touchdowns to four interceptions this season and has completed just 54.9 percent of his passes, last among SEC quarterbacks and third-worst among power five quarterbacks.
The good news for Nix is that Ole Miss has been absolutely dreadful against the pass this season, allowing 314.5 passing yards per game (third worst in the SEC) and a conference-worst 47.0 points per game. Simply put, if Nix can’t deliver against this Ole Miss team, it may be time to have a serious talk about his future at Auburn.
Ole Miss has been excellent offensively this season prior to running into Arkansas last week when Matt Corral threw six interceptions, just the second SEC quarterback to do that since 2000. Can Corral bounce back against an Auburn defense who has been stingy against the pass this season? The answer to this question may very well decide the game.