There are five teams in the SEC that are still undefeated in Week 5, and two of those teams will go head-to-head on Saturday as No. 7 Kentucky heads to No. 14 Ole Miss. The Rebels are favorites for this game after Lane Kiffin’s team went 4-0 with a 35-27 win over Tulsa last week. Ole Miss dominated the ground, rushing for over 1,100 yards in three games after a fearsome three-header from Quinshon Judkins, Zach Evans and Ulysses Bentley IV.
Kentucky also got off to a good start. The Wildcats beat Florida 26-16 on the road in Week 2 to move up the rankings. Quarterback Will Lewis was very effective, completing 67.5% of passes for 1,185 yards and 10 touchdowns in four games. The defense also did not take any steps back.
Ole Miss has won the last two games against Kentucky, the only two in a decade thanks to the SEC’s divisional distribution model. However, wins in 2020 and 2017 were achieved by four points. Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez rushed for 133 yards and had two touchdowns against the Rebels in the last game. Ole Miss has a record lead of 28-14-1.
Kentucky vs. Ole Miss: Need to Know
Return of Rodriguez: The Wildcats are ranked 121st nationally in rush successes, but those numbers are set to change quickly this week. Rodriguez, arguably the best comeback in the SEC, returns this week. While Kavosi Smoak played well, Rodriguez had 1,379 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2021 to lead Kentucky to a 10-win season. Mixing Rodriguez with the offensive characters that starred in the first four games should give Kentucky another pass.
Strength on strength: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops came to Kentucky as a quarterback and the Wildcats were deadly against the rout. Great Britain is only allowing 3.7 yards per carry, with Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson holding just four yards on the rush. However, the Rebels are the SEC’s top speed team by almost 40 yards. Either Evans or Judkins ran for 100 yards in every game this season. Something has to give.
Battle of the Defenders: The two most talked about quarterbacks of the offseason will go head-to-head as prospective first-round NFL draft pick Will Lewis takes on top-notch USC transfer Jackson Dart. The passing game in Kentucky was as productive as it has been lately, trailing Lewis by more than 10 yards per pass attempt. His only problem was interceptions in four or four games. Dart was efficient but a bit more wobbly. He completes 62.2% of his passes but has rushed for over 200 yards. The best performance on Saturday is likely to win the game.
How to watch Kentucky vs. Ole Miss live
Date: Saturday, October 1 | Time: 12:00 pm ET
Location: Vought Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Mississippi
TELEVISION: ESPN | Live Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Kentucky vs. Ole Miss Prediction, Election
The rebels are clear favorites in the match, despite the lower rating. However, don’t discount the Wildcats. Kentucky boasts a big defensive advantage as well as a lot of quarterback experience. Ole Miss’s offensive reputation under Kiffin worked well, but Dart was not tested for quality defense. This will change this week. Prediction: Kentucky +7
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