Ole Miss vs. LSU: Tigers Will Trounce Rebels in SEC Mismatch

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 03:  LSU Quarterback Zach Mettenberger #8 looks for an open receiver while playing Alabama at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Ole Miss hasn't had a terrible season, but the Rebels are no match for LSU.

Les Miles' Tigers (8-2, 4-2), ranked seventh in the nation, are simply far too talented at every position for the Rebels (5-5, 2-4) to handle on what is sure to be an emotional senior day at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

LSU is coming off five consecutive games against ranked opponents that saw the Tigers go 3-2, but more importantly, saw QB Zach Mettenberger take the next step in his development.

Ole Miss has lost 12 consecutive games against SEC competition on the road and has dropped 11 in a row to teams ranked in the Top 25, including games to Texas (66-31), Alabama (33-14) and Georgia (37-10) this season.

Those three losses came by an average of 27 points.

While Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace is talented and leads a strong passing attack that averages nearly 250 yards per game through the air, the Tigers defense ranks third in the country against the pass, and they'll have little trouble covering the spread attack.

Ole Miss can put pressure on the quarterback, sitting with 29 sacks on the season (three more than LSU's vaunted defense), but the Rebels allow nearly 28 points per game while allowing 144 rushing yards and 242 passing yards per game.

LSU will be able to put points on the board early, keep the Rebels offense under control and dictate the pace of the game.

Ole Miss won't stop throwing the ball, especially if the team is down. This will require LSU's defense to not slack off at the end of the game, which has been an issue at points for them in games that seem to be out of reach for the opposition.

Between the fact that they are playing for a berth in a BCS Bowl and the emotion of senior day at Tiger Stadium, they won't have any problems putting the Rebels away.

LSU wins this one 35-7.