Odds: LSU (-9.5)
The Ole Miss Rebels are looking to hand the LSU Tigers their first loss of the season. The Rebels have been a high-scoring machine, with the exception of the game against Alabama of course and are looking to score big against a defense that’s allowed only 14 points per game to this point.
The Fighting Tigers, meanwhile, are looking to extend their winning streak to five and move to 2-0 in the SEC West. After beating the Auburn Tigers in a nail-biter, LSU will hope to keep this high maintained by giving Ole Miss another “L” in the division.
With Ole Miss scoring an average of 42 points per game, how can LSU keep the score to a bare minimum? It starts with pressuring quarterback Jordan Ta’amu into getting rid of the ball. Ta’amu had over 400 yards passing in last week’s bout against Kent State. Against a top-notch defense like Alabama, he only threw for 133. If LSU can be that top-tier defense as they have known to be, this will be a tough battle for the Rebels.
Ole Miss’ top receivers A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf are ready to take on the big task of getting to the end zone. Along with top rusher Scottie Phillips, who averages approximately 100 yards per game. The question is will he eclipse the 100-yard mark against a top rushing defense?
LSU’s offense is looking to show up against a defense that is known to give up over 500 yards against ranked teams this season (over 200 yards rushing). Joe Burrow is aiming to have another great game without turning over the ball, as he has been perfect this season in that regard. With two good runners in the backfield in Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU will be able to break down the Rebel run defense, which has given up over 200 yards rushing per game.
Prediction: LSU 30, Ole Miss 17
LSU will keep their average of 31 points per game against a defense that gives up around 37. This is another test for the LSU defense, standing up against the high-powered Ole Miss attack.