No. 20 Ole Miss takes on Mississippi on Thursday night in a Thanksgiving Day duel between two rivals who always entertain each other. The Rebels after a very disappointing 42-27 loss in Arkansas in a game that heavily impacted their quest to make the New Year’s Six bowl for the second straight season. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, raced past East Tennessee state 56-7 to prepare for Thursday’s battle.
This is a game in which former Rebels wide receiver Elijah Moore once pretended to pee like a dog with four seconds left, which was labeled as unsportsmanlike conduct. The 15-yard penalty pushed the extra point back, Luke Logan missed, and the Bulldogs held onto the win by 1 point.
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Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State: Need to Know
Will Rogers big stage: Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers leads the SEC in passing with 315.8 yards per game, but ranks 13th among qualified quarterbacks in yards per attempt (6.6). It’s common for Mike Leach’s offensive signalmen to use short passes instead of fast attacks. However, Ole Miss’s pass defense has lost 7 or more yards per try in six of the last seven games. This is the perfect place for Rodgers to take advantage of pass defense, which ranks 90th in the nation for pass defense on passes of 15 or more air yards (43.1%), and prove he can be more than just a fool. kill a passerby.
Will Ole Miss pound on rock? Ole Miss has lost three of her last four games, and in two of them (#5 in LSU and #7 in Alabama) she was held under 200 yards. Another loss in that span was last week against Arkansas, when the Rebels hit the hole 42-6 despite rushing for 463 yards and a whopping 703 total. It was an odd outlier when losses to LSU and Alabama are more indicative of the plan to take down Ole Miss. Bulldogs rush to defend themselves everywhere. On October 22, he conceded only 1.07 yards for a carry to Alabama, but conceded 5.57 yards for Auburn the next time two weeks later. If Ole Miss catches the Bulldogs’ defense on the heater, it could be a long night in Oxford, Mississippi.
All eyes on Lane: It’s been a crazy week for Rebels coach Lane Kiffin. The third-year manager was rumored to be in contention to be the next manager at the Auburn — so much so that he took to Twitter on Monday night to soften reports that his departure from the Ole Miss was imminent. However, he did not deny direct interest in the concert. Will he be distracted? Has the rumor reached the locker room? How will the players react? It will be interesting to look at that given Auburn’s storyline.
How to Watch Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State Live
Date: Thursday, November 24 | Time: 19:00 ET
Location: Vought Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Mississippi
TELEVISION: ESPN | Live Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Ole Miss vs Mississippi State Prediction Pick
Ole Miss ran out of gas. His defense has turned into a joke that it was last year, his offense can’t make up for the slack when it matters most, and Kiffin’s rumors will only make matters worse on Thursday night. Bulldogs coach Mike Leach will lead Rodgers on the Thanksgiving stage and treat fans in Starkville to a sweet treat to end Thanksgiving on a high note and enter the off-season with a win over Ole Miss for the first time since 2019. Prediction: Mississippi +2
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