LSU vs. Ole Miss: Offensive Players to Watch in SEC Tilt

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 19, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the LSU Tigers reacts to a touchdown against the UAB Blazers during a game  at Tiger Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Stacy Revere/Getty Images

For a league built around hard-nosed defense and low-scoring games, the SEC sure does feature a lot of talented playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. 

Two schools that boast a large portion of that talent will meet on Saturday night in Oxford when LSU travels to take on Ole Miss. 

The No. 6 Tigers' offense has exploded with new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron at the helm. Zach Mettenberger has looked like a new man, running back Jeremy Hill is already approaching his impressive freshman numbers and the wide receiving duo of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry has been nearly unstoppable. 

Things may not be nearly as prolific for the 3-3 Rebels, but Bo Wallace, Jeff Scott and Donte Moncrief give Hugh Freeze a pretty balanced offense in itself. 

Needless to say, there are going to be players to watch all over the field on Saturday, but here's a closer look at some of the most enticing. 


Jeremy Hill, LSU

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 12:  Jeremy Hill #33 of the LSU Tigers cuts between Michael Taylor #51 and Cody Riggs #31 of the Florida Gators during a game at Tiger Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Third-year sophomore Jeremy Hill missed the first game of the season and part of the second, yet he has still managed to rack up 715 rushing yards and nine touchdowns thanks to a hefty 7.3 yards per carry. 

That final number, according to ESPN, is eighth in America among players who have tallied at least 60 carries on the season. 

Moreover, Ole Miss has been gashed on the ground this season—the Rebels are giving up 5.1 yards per carry (103rd most in the country) and have allowed a 100-yard rusher (albeit that was quarterback Johnny Manziel last Saturday) in the last three weeks. 

The 6'2", 235-pound Hill is strong and fast, has good vision and most recently gutted the elite Florida Gators defense for 121 rushing yards, 6.4 yards per carry and a 30-yard reception. Against the much-softer Rebels, he is in line for a monster performance. 


Bo Wallace, Ole Miss

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


The LSU defense turned in its best statistical defensive performance against Florida last week, but Bo Wallace and this Ole Miss offense is far more dangerous than Tyler Murphy and the Gators. 

Case in point: Wallace has thrown for over 300 yards and five scores over the past two games, is averaging just over 240 yards per game on the season, has thrown just three interceptions and has the tools to make plays outside of the pocket. 

With a couple of dynamic receivers in Moncrief and Laquon Treadwell at his disposal, Wallace is capable of having a big game on any Saturday.

That being said, his two worst outings on the season have arguably come against the two best defenses he has played in Auburn and Alabama. 

How Wallace handles LSU's pressurethe Tigers are 38th in the country in sack percentage and both Auburn and Alabama made him uncomfortable with good pressure—will be especially critical in this one. 


Odell Beckham, LSU

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 12:  Odell Beckham Jr. #3 of the LSU Tigers catches a pass in front of Loucheiz Purifoy #15 of 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 St
Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Cameron's offense has cracked things wide open for Metteneberger, and it has resulted in career highs (by far) in yards per pass attempt (10.9) and touchdowns (15). 

The biggest beneficiary of the new, explosive, big-play offense has been Beckham, who has already pulled in 37 receptions for 733 yards and six scores. He has also been dynamic in the return game, taking back seven punts for 74 yards, 21 kickoffs for 524 yards and a missed field goal for a 109-yard score. 

He is first in America in kickoff return yardage and is third in the SEC in yards per reception (19.8). 

Beckham was slowed down by Florida's excellent secondary last week, but the future NFL wideout is incredibly dangerous in every facet of the game and should get back on track against the Rebels.