September 6, 2007

Ole Miss - Missouri preview



The Match-up:
The
meeting will be the sixth all-time between the Tigers and the Rebels and the
first in Oxford. Last year's game was the first in the series since 1979.
Missouri holds a 4-1 lead in the series, with a 1-1 mark in Ole Miss home games
- both in Jackson. The Tigers have won three straight over the Rebels and won
34-7 last season in Columbia.




At Stake: Ole Miss is in a no-lose
situation when it comes to Missouri. The Tigers were a preseason top 25
team by some publications and a dark horse to win their division. It's a
game Ole Miss is expected to lose. It gives head coach Ed Orgeron a chance
for his biggest win thus far in his three years at Ole Miss. While it
wouldn't be a signature win, it would show the Rebels may be close to turning
things around.


Keys to the Game: 1) For the second
week in a row, it's stop the spread offense. The Rebels gave up 436 yards on
defense last week, but repelled four Memphis drives inside the red zone and
allowed just three scores. They'll need to be that efficient this weekend
to pull off an upset. 2) Also, for the second week in a
row, there's the challenge to get a vertical passing game going. Quarterback
Seth Adams threw for 200 yards last week, but he never loosened up the Memphis
defense with long passing attempts. The Rebels also have to generate more
than just 10 points on offense as they did last week. 3) Keep the defense off the field.
Few teams can win when be subjected to 96 plays like the Rebels had to do last
week in Memphis.

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