LSU vs. Ole Miss Football: Why the Rebels Don't Have a Prayer
The Ole Miss Rebels almost always give the LSU Tigers a close game, but don’t count on this encounter being anywhere near close.
Let’s be blunt, the Rebels are terrible this year.
They’re coming off of a 27-7 loss to Louisiana Tech. Few things deserve repeating in life, but 27-7 to Louisiana Tech? Yikes—and to make matters worse, the No. 1 team in the nation is coming to town Saturday.
This has blowout written all over it, and these are the five reasons the Rebels don’t stand a chance.
Mackey’s Getting Thrown to the Lion’s Den
Randall Mackey has had a disappointing season, and quite frankly, he hasn’t looked very comfortable in the pocket this season.
Mackey has made a few nice throws here and there, don’t get me wrong, but he’s made a lot of mistakes as well.
For Ole Miss to pull off this monumental upset, Mackey will need to turn in the game of his life without turning the ball over. But that’s a lot to ask for when you have Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo breathing down your neck time and time again.
I see Mackey taking a lot of chances in this one because of the pressure LSU creates on defense. This will cause him to turn the ball over, and Mackey will be fighting an uphill battle over the course of the game.
The Rebels are 104th in the nation in passing this year, while the Tigers thrive off of the athleticism possessed by their secondary. Advantage Tigers.
Bruising Rush Attack
It’s the same story every week, but it’ll continue to be the story of LSU football until someone stops it. It’s that fierce rushing attack that helps the Tigers prove time and time again that they are the most physical team in the country.
Spencer Ware suffered a minor injury against Western Kentucky Saturday and is expected to go against Ole Miss, but even without him, the Tigers can have their way on the ground.
The Tigers are 30th in the nation when it comes to rushing the football, and when you look at all the ranked teams the Tigers have beaten this year, that’s a very impressive stat.
That and the fact that the Rebels are giving up 30 points a game really doesn’t bode well for Ole Miss.
Expect the Tigers to pound it with Ware, Alfred Blue, Michael Ford and Kenny Hilliard throughout the ballgame, and gain close to 300 yards on the ground.
Three-Man Punch Good, but Not Good Enough
This Ole Miss team might not be producing in the win column this season, but don’t misconstrue that for lacking talent.
Jeff Scott, Brandon Bolden and Nicholas Brasell can be extremely effective with the ball in their hand if used correctly, but three players won’t get the job done against this defense.
Bolden gives the Rebels a physical running game, Scott provides the speed and Brussell provides a Percy Harvin-esque skill set.
Seriously folks, Brassell is fantastic and he’s going to be a great player in the SEC. The fact that he’s only rushed the ball 17 times is mind-blowing to me though. I know he’s a receiver and all, but you have to get this man the football.
But then again, that’s good ol’ Houston Nutt for ya. The old saying, “you get what you paid for,” couldn’t be more fitting.
Anyway, these Rebels are talented, but they’re just not producing. They won’t be able to run sideline to sideline with Tyrann Mathieu, Brandon Taylor and Eric Reid out there.
The Rebels will have their moments rushing the football, but don’t expect a whole lot of them.
While this Ole Miss team is talented, they’re nowhere near the talent level of LSU.
You’ve heard it a million times, so I won’t get on my soapbox, but this Tiger defense can rotate so many players in and not skip a beat.
Quite frankly, Ole Miss is outmanned and outclassed, and it’s not a matter of if this thing gets ugly but when.
Yeah, Les Miles endured a lot of criticism throughout his career with clock-management blunders, but he’s far better than Houston Nutt.
Nutt’s been known to get his team up for a big-time upset, but other than that, he’s good for a season full of disappointments.
Look at the talent he had in Arkansas, and what did he do with it? He had possibly the greatest rushing trio ever with Darren McFadden, Peyton Hillis and Felix Jones, and no conference championships.
Now, Tyrone Nix is an excellent coach so I won’t touch their defense in this article, but Ole Miss’ offense has been horrid.
And most of the blame needs to go towards the play-calling. As I watched the Ole Miss/Arkansas game earlier this year, it became apparent to me that Scott, Bolden and Brassell have the ability to give defenses fits.
That’s just what Ole Miss did early, as they kept going Brassell’s way. But all of a sudden, Ole Miss abandoned it completely.
Suddenly, the Rebels became stale, and that’s been the story all year for them. Miles and his staff win this matchup by a landslide.