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Todd Wade’s Take on How to Beat Auburn

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Ole Miss hosts the #1 BCS ranked Auburn Tigers as they come to Oxford in hopes of remaining undefeated.  A loud showing by the Ole Miss fan base and continuous noise when Auburn is on offense could make things difficult for the Tigers. All of Auburn’s big wins came at home. They narrowly escaped the likes of Kentucky and Mississippi State when playing on the road. Hopefully, they won’t escape Oxford. In order for Ole Miss to win, here’s what needs to happen:

DEFENSE: The Ole Miss defense has its work cut out for it as it will take a systematically aggressive approach to stop Heisman Candidate Cam Newton.  Each defender in the front seven for Ole Miss will have to play fast and hold their gaps to be successful in containing Newton.  The Ole Miss secondary will have to play tight man coverage the cover guys cannot afford to bite on the play action. In short, the defense must play disciplined football the entire game. On every play.

OFFENSE: Quarterback Jermiah Masoli will take the brunt of the offensive load once again in the running game and in converting third downs. There’s no doubt he’ll be looking down field for Melvin Harris and Markieth Summers. Masoli needs to play like he did last week, but he’ll need help from the running game. The Rebels must run the ball between the tackles and continuously move the chains.  Time of possession will be key in this game.

SPECIAL TEAMS: The special teams touchdown by Arkansas hurt bad last week. Ole Miss must avoid collapses in punt coverage against Auburn if wants a chance to win this game.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: I can’t emphasize enough the effect a loud and boisterous crowd inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium could have on Auburn’s offense. Auburn’s big wins came at home. But, they’re not on the Plains anymore. Hopefully, Rebel fans will remind them of this throughout the game.

-Todd Wade

 




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