Auburn vs. Ole Miss prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in Saturday’s battle between the Tigers and Rebels.
Gus Malzahn has gone from the hot seat to a potential SEC coach of the year candidate in just over a month, as Auburn has now won four in a row. That winning streak continues this weekend. The Tigers have rushed for over 400 yards three times this season – including last week’s 543 in the trouncing of Arkansas – while Ole Miss ranks No. 112 in the nation against the run. Sorry, Chad Kelly. You don’t have enough in your arm to overcome that. Auburn rolls.
Ole Miss was just flattened by Leonard Fournette, and now the Rebels have to face the conference’s best rushing attack. Even worse for Ole Miss is that Kerryon Johnson will be back for the game. Look for Auburn to bludgeon the Rebels to death with the run, and get just enough from Sean White to keep the defense honest. Auburn wins by 10.
Ole Miss has to be one of the most frustrating teams in the country. With Chad Kelly, Evan Ingram and a defense featuring several legitimate NFL prospects, this team has the talent to fighting for a playoff spot instead of fighting for bowl eligibility. The frustration will continue when Auburn comes to town as – outside of Alabama – the Tigers are playing best football in the conference right now. The return of Kerryon Johnson to a backfield that already features a red-hot Kamryn Pettaway will be more than the Rebels can handle should come close to repeating the beatdown they laid on Arkansas last week.
My esteemed colleague, Brian Stultz, is finally out of his cast and into a walking boot *slow clap*. I’d like to say my choice to pick Auburn is a mere extension of friendly gratitude considering he’s an Auburn alumnus, but the Tigers have been running the ball well. They also just hung 56 points on Arkansas. Yikes. Chad Kelly will be his usual self and make some passes that really open our eyes but then follow it up with a bonehead play or two. Ole Miss will fall behind early and will have to chase Auburn all game long, but the Rebels won’t catch up. Auburn wins by a touchdown or two.
On Wednesday, Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn said that Kerryon Johnson is “really close” to being 100 percent for this game. But Auburn ran Arkansas out of the stadium without him last week in its 56-3 win. Both Auburn and Ole Miss are really strong first-half teams, so it will be interesting to see how the first 30 minutes play out. This feels like a Chad Kelly game, so expect 40-45 throws from the Rebels signal-caller, but Auburn’s pass rush is the difference in a Tigers victory. #GusBus
Auburn will be able to run the ball at will against an Ole Miss defense that is last in the SEC in rush defense. You know who else can run again? Me! I got out of the cast and am now in a walking boot. This is the greatest week ever. Ole Miss will be able to put some points on the board, but it will be difficult against an Auburn defense that has been playing extremely well. The Tigers are on a roll, and that will continue with a win in Oxford. Gus Malzahn while wearing a hat instead of a visor improves to 5-0.