LSU vs. Ole Miss: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Bo Wallace #14 of the Mississippi Rebels passes against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

National powerhouse LSU hits the road in Week 8 to take on Ole Miss in a good old-fashioned SEC scrum that should feature plenty of big plays from both teams. 

Both teams took on ranked opponents last weekend, but only one came away victorious. 

Ole Miss played Texas A&M tough at home, but Johnny Manziel and the Aggies proved too stern a test, dropping the Rebels to 3-3 on the season and just 1-3 in the SEC.

LSU, on the other hand, handled Florida at home, thanks to a stellar effort on defense. The Gators were held to just 240 yards of total offense and failed to score a single touchdown. 

Heading into the critical second half of the season, LSU is right where it wants to be at 6-1, with a fighting chance to win the SEC with a strong push toward the finish. 

 

OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 15:  Ole Miss Rebels fans gather at The Grove prior to the start of their game with the Texas Longhorns at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Scott Halleran/Getty Images

When: Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. ET 

Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Miss.

Watch: ESPN2

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 60 pts.
  • Spread: Ole Miss (+8)

 

LSU Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Zach MettenbergerQBProb Sat - Shin - 10/15/13
Jeryl BrazilDBQues Sat - Personal - 10/13/13
Armand WilliamsWROut for season - Knee - 9/6/13
Avery PetersonWROut for season - Ankle - 9/6/13
Josh WillifordGOut indefinitely - Concussion - 8/14/13

 

Ole Miss Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Barry BrunettiQBQues Sat - Shoulder - 10/15/13
Chief BrownDBQues Sat - Undisclosed - 10/15/13
Temario StrongLBQues Sat - Neck - 10/15/13
Issac GrossDTQues Sat - Shoulder - 10/15/13
C.J. JohnsonDEQues Sat - Ankle - 10/13/13
Carlos DavisDBQues Sat - Suspension - 10/13/13
Jeff ScottRBDoub Sat - Thigh - 10/15/13
Aaron MorrisOLOut for season - Knee - 8/31/13

 

Can Ole Miss Shut Down Zach Mettenberger?

The Rebels have done an outstanding job against opposing quarterbacks throughout this season, allowing just 212.3 passing yards per game and just five passing touchdowns all season long. 

Johnny Manziel passed for 346 yards last weekend, but he couldn't connect for a single touchdown pass, and A.J. McCarron was shut down a few weeks earlier by Ole Miss. 

Mettenberger was shut down for the most part against Florida last weekend, but he's been on a tear this year, passing for 1,890 yards with 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

With all the other great college quarterbacks playing right now, he went under the radar early in the season, but he's starting to get recognized. Scott Bischoff of New Era Scouting recently said Mettenberger might be the best quarterback in college football right now:

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron trusts his quarterback to make the right decisions and let the ball fly when he's got an open window. However, there haven't been many open windows available to opposing quarterbacks against Ole Miss this year. 

This battle should be fun to watch. 

 

Prediction

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 12: Ego Ferguson #9 of the LSU Tigers reacts to a defensive stop against the Florida Gators during a game at Tiger Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LSU won the game 17-6.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Image
Stacy Revere/Getty Images

As good as the Rebels have been against the pass this year, Ole Miss has struggled to shut down the run, allowing 186.7 rushing yards per game and 14 rushing touchdowns in six games. 

Jeremy Hill should have a huge game for LSU, and his ability to make big plays on the ground will open up passing lanes for Mettenberger. 

But the real issue Ole Miss has in this contest is on offense. 

LSU's defense has gotten progressively better since being dismantled by Aaron Murray and the Georgia Bulldogs, and this unit held Florida to just six points last weekend. 

Bo Wallace is in for a long game against this feisty defense, and he'll be forced into a couple critical mistakes that will doom the Rebels to their fourth straight loss. 

 

Final Score 

LSU wins 38-20.

 

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