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LSU vs. Ole Miss Prediction, Game Preview

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LSU vs. Ole Miss prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the matchup between the Tigers and Rebels.


LSU vs. Ole Miss Game Preview

When: Saturday, October 22 – 9:00 p.m. ET
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
TV Broadcast: ESPN

LSU has seemed like a new team since Ed Orgeron took over for the fired Les Miles, going 3-0 and putting an offense on the field that looks like what everyone expected, and that is without running back Leonard Fournette being out there. The Tigers seem to have a new life, and will make it extremely difficult for the Rebels, who are coming in off an upset loss against Arkansas. Ole Miss is 3-3, but those losses have all come to ranked teams. This should be a dandy!

What To Know About LSU

The offense is playing well, and the Tigers expect to get Fournette back this week for the showdown against the Rebels. His replacement, Derrius Guice, has proven that he is the future at the position once Fournette leaves for the NFL Draft this offseason, while quarterback Danny Etling has been an improvement over Brandon Harris. Wide receiver Malachi Dupre finally found the end zone this past Saturday, scoring twice against Southern Miss.

The defense has been good all season long, allowing only 14 points per game. The defensive front seven is talented, with linebacker Kendell Beckwith being a player that can create ruckus against the run and pass. Stopping quarterback Chad Kelly from running for first downs will be one of Beckwith’s responsibilities, while the secondary must find a way to contain tight end Evan Engram.

What to Know About Ole Miss

The offense belongs to Kelly, and he’s been spectacular so far this season, throwing for 1,849 yards and 14 touchdowns to just five picks. It helps having an option at tight end like Engram, who leads the Rebels with five touchdown passes.

The Ole Miss defense has been a mystery, as they are world-beaters at times and other times look like a junior high team. Stopping the duo of Fournette and Guice on the ground and making Etling beat them with his arm would be a good way to win this game.

Advantages

Offense: Ole Miss. LSU has improved, but the combination of Kelly and Engram could be one of the best in the country.

Defense: LSU. The defense was never a problem for the Tigers leading up to Les Miles’ firing.

Special Teams: LSU. Tre’Davious White is a threat in punt returns to return it to the house.

Coaching: Tie. Orgeron has LSU playing well, but can he keep it up in the long run?

Intangibles: Ole Miss. The Rebels need to prove that they can win the big games. This is one of those.

Matchup To Watch

Leonard Fournette vs. Expectations

With Fournette finally coming back, how many carries will he get and how explosive can he be? Fans might want to temper what they expect to see out of the running back.

LSU vs. Ole Miss Betting Odds

Spread: LSU -6
Over/Under: No over/under as of post

LSU vs. Ole Miss Prediction

It is a 8 p.m. local start time in Baton Rouge, and given that amount of time, the Bayou Bengals faithful will be ready to rock Tiger Stadium, one of the most intimidating venues in all of sports. It won’t faze a veteran quarterback like Chad Kelly, who will do just enough to … lose in a close game. LSU at home on a Saturday night with the team now rolling? I wouldn’t bet against that. T-I-G-E-R-S, TIGERS!

LSU vs. Ole Miss Score Prediction: LSU 30, Ole Miss 28

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