Defending national champions Auburn will try to bounce back from a humiliating loss to LSU last week against SEC rival Ole Miss.
Auburn is a heavy favorite in this one, and for good reason. Ole Miss has yet to win an SEC game. They are 0-4. They are showing signs of improvement though.
They are coming off of a solid effort in a 29-24 loss to a good Arkansas team last week.
Will Auburn cover the spread?
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama
When: Saturday, October 29th at 7 p.m. EST
Live Stream: ESPNU
Betting Line: Auburn -10.5 according to Bodog Sports
Injury Report Ole Miss
Injury Report via USA Today
Probable: RB Brandon Bolden (ankle)
Questionable: S Brishen Mathews (ankle)
Out: CB Marcus Temple (ankle), LB DT Shackelford (knee), DE Wayne Dorsey (arm), TE Alex Williams (knee)
Injury Report for Auburn
Injury Report via USA Today
Questionable: LB LaDarius Owens (foot), OL Ed Christian (back)
Out: OL Jared Cooper (leg), RB Anthony Morgan (undisclosed), DE Dee Ford (back), DE Justin Delaine (knee), UT Kris Frost (shoulder), OL Aubrey Phillips (illness)
BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications
Auburn can't afford any more losses this season if they want any shot at a BCS game. And they can't afford to lose to Ole Miss period.
The Tigers already have two SEC losses. They can't afford a third to a team they should easily handle.
Key Storyline: How will Auburn bounce back after getting embarrassed by LSU?
The defending national champs were humbled in a big way last week. LSU took them down and out, and beat them 45-10.
There are two ways for a team to react to that kind of beatdown. They can either focus, work hard and take their frustrations out on their next opponent, or they can start mailing it in.
What They're Saying: Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn learned a valuable lesson about his young QB in the blowout last Saturday, and he also knows his team has to get more consistent. Here is Malzahn as quoted by Evan Woodberry on al.com:
"He hung in there, showed a lot of toughness, bounced back.
"He faced a lot of adversity. That's what you look for as a coach: 'How does he respond?'
"We look for strengths and build around them—and we've had some at times—but I've got to get us more consistent."
Player To Watch for Ole Miss: QB Randall Mackey
Mackey has eased into the starting QB job for Ole Miss. Mackey has struggled this season, but he is getting better the more he plays.
He is coming off of a solid effort against Arkansas. He was 18/30 with 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Player To Watch Auburn: Michael Dyer
Dyer is having a fantastic season. He has rushed for 5.1 yards per carry on his way to totaling 812 yards and eight touchdowns.
He is the centerpiece of the Auburn offense, and for good reason. He is explosive and powerful.
How many yards will Dyer rush for?
Key Matchup: Michael Dyer vs. Ole Miss Front Seven
Ole Miss has struggled to stop the run this year. Opposing running backs are gaining 5.6 yards per carry against them, and they have allowed 17 rushing TDs.
They are going to have to turn in their best effort of the season if they want to keep Dyer from running all over them in this one.
Prediction: Auburn 35, Ole Miss 17
This Auburn group has shown their resiliency time and again. I expect them to bounce back from their blowout loss with one of their best efforts of the season. Their offensive firepower is simply too much for Ole Miss to handle