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As sluggish as the Ole Miss offense has been recently, the defense has played well.
While the defensive unit will without question face its toughest challenge all season against quarterback Johnny Manziel and the A&M offense, it enters the game allowing a respectable 361.4 YPG.
Five games into the year, the Texas A&M offense has fumbled the ball six times and thrown four picks.
Conversely, the Ole Miss D has forced 10 fumbles and hauled in four interceptions of its own.
DE Channing Ward and FS Cody Prewitt are tied for first in the SEC in forced fumbles per game (0.4). Further, Prewitt is tied in the conference in passes defended per outing (1.6) and tied for second in interceptions per contest (0.6). Both are playing quality football entering this weekend.
As fast and efficient an offense as Sumlin runs, there are going to be a few mistakes here and there.
Against Alabama, the Tide put the ball on the grass three times. However, the Rebels failed to successfully recover a single one of them. That can't happen against the Aggies.
If the Ole Miss defense sees opportunities on Saturday night, it must seize every one of them.