LOCATION: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
BETTING LINE: LSU -6
LSU PLAYERS TO WATCH
Running back Leonard Fournette makes his return to the field this week. After suffering an ankle injury against Auburn, Fournette is ready to go after taking 3 weeks off. We can expect Fournette to run with emotion and be fired up come game time. On the season Fournette has rushed for 386 yards, averaging 5.8 yards a carry and 2 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, look for Arden Key to cause some trouble in a pass heavy Ole Miss offense. Key currently leads the SEC in sacks with 7, and is also ranked 5th nationally.
OLE MISS PLAYERS TO WATCH
The key to success in this game doesn’t rely on one single player for the Rebels, but instead the entire defense. Ole Miss will have to contain a stable of running backs, as well as an improved passing game from LSU. Ole Miss ranks 98th nationally in run defense, allowing 212.8 yards a game. The passing defense of the rebels ranks 58th in the nation allowing 233.2 yards a game. Overall in total defense Ole Miss is ranked 111th. If this Ole Miss defense fails to stop the run game, they will be in for a long night.
LSU POSITION GROUP PREVIEW
OFFENSIVE LINE: The offensive line for the Tigers have seen many changes in previous weeks. Expect to see Andy Dodd get his second start at center, and first against an SEC team.
TIGHT ENDS: Of the 7 total passing touchdowns this season for the Tigers, 2 have been caught by tightends. Desean Smith has 4 catches for 121 yards this season.
RUNNING BACKS: Coach Orgeron hinted at using Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice in the same backfield this Saturday. Guice leads the nation, minimum 60 carries, with 9.1 yards per carry.
QUARTERBACKS: Danny Etling enters Saturdays contest connecting on 58.8% of passes. He has thrown 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
DEFENSIVE LINE: LSU comes into the game with 18 sacks as a team, an average of 3 per game. Leading the charge is defensive end Arden Key, who leads the SEC in sacks with 7.
COACHING: Ed Orgeron was head coach for the Ole Miss Rebels from 2005-2007. Expect his to coach with tons of emotion against his old team.
GAME PREVIEW ANALYSIS
When either offense is out on the field, you can be sure to get excited. This Ole Miss offense is likely to be the best LSU has faced so far this season. With LSU safety Rickey Jefferson out for the season with a broken leg, the LSU secondary is not operating at full capacity. Chad Kelley is a quarterback that will make your team pay for any weakness in pass coverage. Arden Key will likely cause havoc in the backfield of Ole Miss. The Ole Miss defense can not give up the big run this Saturday. Failing to stop the likes of Fournette and Guice will cause for a long night in Death Valley. This will be LSU’s first true test since firing Les Miles and a win here would be huge. For Ole Miss, they have all but eliminated themselves from championship hopes, but a loss on Saturday will be the nail in the coffin.
OLE MISS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
OFFENSIVE LINE: The offensive line from the Rebels are one of the best in the SEC. They have allowed Ole Miss to find huge success passing with great protection.
TIGHT ENDS: Evan Engram leads the SEC in receiving with 590 yards, averaging 15.9 yards a catch and a total of 5 touchdowns.
RUNNING BACKS: Akeem Judd leads the team in rushing yards with 343, he also is averaging an impressive 5.1 yards a carry.
QUARTERBACKS: Chad Kelly is second in the SEC in total passing yards with 1849. He has a completion percentage of 62.44% and has thrown 14 touchdowns.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Defensive end Marquis Haynes leads the team with 4 sacks on the year.
SECONDARY: Zedrick Woods has 2 interceptions on the year, 1 of which he returned for a touchdown. He also leads the team in tackles with a total of 39.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Kicker Gary Wunderlich is currently 8-9 on field goals with a long of 40. He has also connected 28-29 extra points.