Auburn vs. Ole Miss: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Just two seasons removed from a national championship, Auburn has struggled mightily in 2012 and is coming off a 24-7 thumping at the hands of disappointing Arkansas.
Ole Miss already has more wins than it did all of last season and played Alabama and Texas A&M tough the last two weeks.
Throw history out the window, folks. This is an entirely different season.
Here's a look at the matchup on Saturday in Oxford.
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
When: Saturday, Oct. 8 at 12:21 p.m. ET
Watch: SEC Network
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Line: -4.5 Ole Miss, via ScoresAndOdds.com
What's At Stake?
What a difference a couple of seasons make.
Auburn won the national championship in the 2010 season, but is currently 1-4 (0-3 SEC) and in last place in the SEC West division. Alabama and Mississippi State lead the division with 5-0 records.
Ole Miss (3-3, 0-2 SEC) hasn't fared much better, although the Rebels lost by three points against Texas A&M last week. Ole Miss is coming off a 2-10 season, so the improvement has certainly been noticeable.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
No injuries to report
WR Korvic Neat - Groin - Questionable
DT Woodrow Hamilton - Ankle - Questionable
LB D.T. Shackleford - Knee - OUT for season
What They're Saying
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik is only two seasons removed from a national championship, but the past two seasons have been rough.
Chizik and the Tigers have lost six of their past seven SEC games dating back to last season and rank 12th in total defense in the SEC this season after ranking 11th in the conference last season, per Chris Low of ESPN.com.
It doesn't appear that Chizik's job is in serious jeopardy at the moment, but you have to wonder if Auburn continues to stink it up this season whether the 50-year-old will be safe much longer.
As for Ole Miss, you have to wonder whether head coach Hugh Freeze's patience is wearing thin with sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace.
Before last week's game against Texas A&M, Freeze hinted at a possible change at quarterback after Wallace threw two interceptions against Alabama, via Hugh Kellenberger of the Clarion-Ledger.
Well, Wallace did go 20-of-34 for 305 yards and a touchdown against Texas A&M, but he also tossed another two interceptions. He needs to cut down on his turnovers.
Auburn Player to Watch: Tre Mason/Onterio McCalebb, RB
Auburn's running game has been maddeningly inconsistent this season behind sophomore Tre Mason and senior Onterio McCalebb.
Mason and McCalebb combined for 218 yards against Louisiana-Monroe in Week 3, but combined for 134 yards against LSU and Arkansas the past two weeks.
Freshman Mike Blakely did post 38 yards on seven carries against Arkansas, however, so perhaps he gives Auburn's running game a boost against Ole Miss.
Ole Miss has allowed 4.05 yards per carry (63rd in the FBS) and eight rushing touchdowns this season.
Ole Miss Player to Watch: Jeff Scott, RB
Both Auburn and Ole Miss are having problems at quarterback, so I think this game comes down to how each team rushes the ball.
Junior running back Jeff Scott has been solid for Ole Miss this season, posting 425 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 6.0 yards per carry, including a long of 48 yards.
Auburn is allowing 4.7 yards per carry this season, 94th in the FBS, and six rushing touchdowns. That includes giving up 130 yards and two touchdowns on the ground against Arkansas last week.
Key Matchup: Auburn Running Game vs. Ole Miss Run Defense
With both Kiehl Frazier and Clint Moseley struggling against Arkansas' poor pass defense last week, the Tigers' running game needs to get going to emerge victorious against Ole Miss.
The Rebels allowed 290 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Texas A&M, so their run defense is certainly beatable.
Auburn needs to make a big impact on the ground, whether it be with Tre Mason, Onterio McCalebb, Mike Blakely or a combination of the three.
Who will win on Saturday?
Prediction: Ole Miss 30, Auburn 21
Unless Blakely goes off, I just don't trust Auburn's inconsistent running game enough to give the Tigers the victory on Saturday. I certainly don't trust the passing game.
Auburn's run defense also isn't anything to write home about and Ole Miss is averaging 4.94 yards per carry (32nd in the FBS) with 15 rushing touchdowns this season.
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