Ole Mss (7-5) vs Georgia Tech (7-5)
TV: 3:15pm ET on ESPN
Opening Line: Ole Miss -1.5
Current Line: Ole Miss -3
Cool Factor: The Rebels and the Yellow Jackets once shared a conference, but they’ve only played three times all-time and the last came 40 years ago. Always fun to see unusual match ups.
What’s At Stake: This Ole Miss team has been better than last year’s squad. But. If the Rebs lose they’ll finish up with the same record as last year’s squad. Fans want to see constant improvement (whether that’s a realistic expectation for a team playing so many freshmen or not). SFor that reason, Hugh Freeze’s bunch needs to end the season on the right note with a win for many backers to call his second year a success.
Keep An Eye On: UM’s offense. Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see how Ole Miss deals with Tech’s old-fashioned triple-option offense, but the real story here is the Rebel attack. After an impressive season (#5 in the SEC in total offense), Freeze’s up-tempo unit stalled at season’s end. Ole Miss put up less than 400 yards against both Missouri and Mississippi State and scored just one offensive touchdown. Time for Bo Wallace to rev his team’s engine again.
Hidden Tidbit: Georgia Tech ranks #22 nationally in scoring offense (36.6 points per game) while Ole Miss ranks #58 (30.4 points per game). It’s not been a banner year for SEC defense, but we’ll go out on a limb and say the Rebels have still faced a tougher schedule in 2013 than the Jackets.
Prediction: Ole Miss 35, Georgia Tech 31