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Ole Miss vs. Auburn: Last-Minute Spread Info, BCS Impact, Line and Predictions

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22:  Quarterback Clint Moseley #15 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles during the game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIOctober 27, 2011

This game matches up the highly overrated No. 23 Auburn Tigers against a very bad Ole Miss Rebels, but there is no denying the fact that whenever two SEC teams get together it's bound to be a battle.

Auburn is somehow ranked No. 23 even though it is 5-3, including a 3-2 SEC record.

Granted, the Tigers' losses have come against very good Clemson, Arkansas and LSU programs, but that isn't enough of an excuse to keep them in the BCS.

Ole Miss, on the other hand, is coming in at 2-5 and 0-4 in the SEC with its only two wins coming against Southern Illinois and Fresno State.

This may seem like a mismatch, but it will be an interesting matchup nonetheless.

 

Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29. 7 p.m ET

Watch: ESPNU

Spread: Auburn -12

This is a surprisingly small spread, so Auburn should be able to cover it.

Over/Under: 51

It's going to be a close call; I would suggest the under.

All betting information courtesy of ESPN.com.

OXFORD,  MS - OCTOBER 22:  Charles Sawyer #3 and Frank Crawford #5 of the Ole Miss Rebels dive on a fumble at the goal line during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Oxford, Mississippi.  The Razorbac
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Key Injuries:

Ole Miss: running back Brandon Bolden (probable, ankle), safety Brishen Matthews (questionable, back)

Auburn: linebacker LaDarius Owens (questionable, foot), offensive lineman Ed Christian (questionable, back).

BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications:

I'm not sure if a win here would put the Rebels into the BCS, but they certainly are hoping so. Auburn, on the other hand, needs to prove doubters like me that it belongs.

Keys to Ole Miss Win:

OXFORD,  MS - OCTOBER 22:  Quarterback Randall Mackey #1 of the Ole Miss Rebels makes a hand off during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Oxford, Mississippi.  The Razorbacks defeated the Rebels 29 t
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Quarterback Randall Mackey obviously controls the offense, and he's going to have to play perfectly if the Rebels have a shot at the upset.

Keys to Auburn Win:

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 10:  Running back Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers runs in for a touchdown past defensive back Charles Mitchell #4 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the first half on September 10, 2011 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alaba
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The best way for the Tigers to crush their opponents' will and hope right off the bat is to pound the ball. That's where running back Michael Dyer is going to play a integral role.

Prediction:

I don't see an upset here as Auburn lives to fight another day.

Auburn 24, Ole Miss 13


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