Ole Miss' passing offense is humming and No. 24 LSU is trying to get its rushing offense to do the same as these longtime rivals meet Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss.
The Rebels (3-3, 1-2 SEC) lead the conference in passing yards per game at 357.2 -- 70 more than the next-best passing offense (Missouri). LSU (5-2, 2-1) ranks sixth in rushing yards per game (191) and has a chance for a breakout game.
"They've got one of the best quarterbacks that we're going to face in the country in Shea Patterson," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said of Ole Miss. "Probably the best group of receivers we've seen."
Tigers cornerbacks Greedy Williams, Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver II all played a big part in shutting out Auburn in the second half last week as LSU rallied from an early 20-0 deficit to prevail 27-23.
They're the main reasons LSU is second in the SEC in passes defensed (35). It's also second in sacks and fifth in passing yards allowed (170.6). Only one opponent (Syracuse) has passed for more than 180 yards against the Tigers.
"They know the stakes are high for us as a football team," Orgeron said of his cornerbacks. "They know the stakes are high for them as individuals, especially going against the great receivers that Ole Miss has."
The Tigers' ground game has been hampered by injuries to running backs Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams, and tackles K.J. Malone and Toby Weathersby. Guice and Williams have been playing, though limited, but Malone and Weathersby missed the Auburn game. Malone is unlikely to play this week, but Weathersby has returned to practice and has a better chance of playing.
In both games, the most explosive runs were made by wide receivers on speed sweeps.
"Obviously we want to get our running game better inside the tackles," Orgeron said.
The running backs and the receivers should be able to accumulate more than their average rushing totals against the Rebels, who are allowing the 13th-most rushing yards per game in the country (238.5).
"(Speed sweeps) have been working really well for us," center Will Clapp told the Baton Rouge Advocate. "We can't rely on that all season to win us games -- got to be more balanced with our run."
"You've got to stop Guice. That's first," Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said. "They do a good job with their speed sweep motions to different people. If you load the box up, they'll hurt you with the speed sweeps. They've got some guys who can beat you on the perimeter. But the big focus is stopping Guice."
The Rebels ended a three-game losing streak with a 57-35 victory against Vanderbilt last week. Before that, they had been outscored by a combined 110-26 in SEC losses to Alabama and Auburn.
"I don't think everything is the way it needs to be," Luke said. "We still have a lot of improvements we need to make offensively and defensively. I think that's important to not let a win mask those things."
Orgeron coached Ole Miss from 2005-07 and was fired after compiling an overall record of 10-25, 3-21 in the SEC (including 0-8 in his final season).
Luke, who's an interim coach just as Orgeron was last season before being hired full time, was Orgeron's recruiting coordinator for one season (2005).
VDB Free Betting Prediction: LSU 31, Ole Miss 23
LSU Tigers vs Ole Miss Rebels VDB Sport Betting Odds and Matchup Report
LSU Tigers vs Ole Miss Rebels VDB Betting Odds
|LSU Tigers||-7 (EVEN)||-245||60 (-110)o|
|Ole Miss Rebels||+7 (-1220)||+205||60 (-110)u|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
Betting Odds Trends
|Louisiana State is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games at home|
|Louisiana State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home|
|Louisiana State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Louisiana State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games|
|Louisiana State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisiana State's last 7 games on the road|
|Louisiana State is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games when playing Mississippi|
|Louisiana State is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing Mississippi|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Louisiana State's last 5 games when playing Mississippi|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisiana State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Mississippi|
|Ole Miss Rebels|
|Mississippi is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games|
|Mississippi is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|Mississippi is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|Mississippi is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games when playing Louisiana State|
|Mississippi is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing Louisiana State|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Mississippi's last 5 games when playing Louisiana State|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Mississippi's last 6 games when playing at home against Louisiana State|
|John Battle||S||Prob Sat - Stinger - 10/21/17||Battle missed the last game with a stinger but is expected to be available for Saturday's contest against Mississippi.|
|Toby Weathersby||T||Prob Sat - Upper Body - 10/18/17||Weathersby missed the last game with an upper-body injury but is expected to be available for Saturday's matchup against Mississippi.|
|Xavier Lewis||CB||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 10/16/17||Lewis missed the last two games for undisclosed reasons and his status is unknown for Saturday's tilt against Mississippi.|
|Caleb Roddy||TE||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 10/16/17||Roddy has missed the last four games due to an undisclosed issue and his status is clouded for Saturday's contest against Mississippi.|
|Donavaughn Campbell||OL||Ques Sat - Foot - 10/16/17||Campbell has an injured foot and did not play in the last four games. It is unknown if he will be available Saturday against Mississippi.|
|Kristian Fulton||DB||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 10/16/17||Fulton missed the last four games due to an undisclosed issue and his availability for Saturday's tilt against Mississippi is unknown.|
|Sci Martin||LB||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 10/16/17||Martin missed the last four games battling an undisclosed issue and it is unclear if he will be available Saturday against Mississippi.|
|K.J. Malone||T||Out Sat - Knee - 10/17/17||Malone missed the last game due to a knee injury and will not be available Saturday against Mississippi.|
|Ed Paris||S||out for season - Knee - 9/26/17||Paris is sidelined with a knee injury and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.|
|Tyler Shelvin||NT||out for season - Eligibility - 8/20/17||Shelvin has been deemed ineligible to play by the NCAA for the entire 2017 season.|
|Jarrion Street||LB||Ques Sat - Concussion - 10/17/17||Street has concussion-like symptoms and his availability for Saturday's game against LSU is unknown.|
|Breon Dixon||DB||Ques Sat - Disciplinary - 10/16/17||Dixon is dealing with disciplinary issues and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against LSU.|
|Montrell Custis||DB||Ques Sat - Disciplinary - 10/16/17||Custis is embroiled with disciplinary issues and it is unknown if he will play against LSU on Saturday.|
|Gary Wunderlich||K||Ques Sat - Hamstring - 10/16/17||Wunderlich missed the last game due to an injured hamstring and his status is up in the air for Saturday's matchup against Louisiana State.|
|Markell Pack||WR||Out indefinitely - Knee - 10/17/17||Pack has a knee injury and it is unknown as to how long he will be out.|
|Victor Evans||DE||Out indefinitely - Leg - 10/17/17||Evans will miss an unknown length of time due to a leg injury.|
|Ty Quick||TE||Out indefinitely - Knee - 10/10/17||Quick is battling an injury to his MLC and will miss an extended period of time.|
|Qaadir Sheppard||DE||Out indefinitely - Ankle - 10/17/17||Sheppard was out of the lineup in the last two games due to an ankle injury and it is unknown when he will be ready to play.|
|Eli Johnson||C||out for season - Knee - 9/14/17||Johnson will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL.|
|10/22/16||MISS 21||LSU 38||-8.5/59||W/P||-191||-205||14|
|11/21/15||LSU 17||MISS 38||-7/58.5||W/U||-76||-32||-44|
|10/25/14||MISS 7||LSU 10||4/45||W/U||-93||-127||34|
|10/19/13||LSU 24||MISS 27||9.5/60||W/U||137||62||75|
|11/17/12||MISS 35||LSU 41||-19/48||L/O||40||6||34|
|11/19/11||LSU 52||MISS 3||30.5/46||L/O||-275||-217||-58|
|11/20/10||MISS 36||LSU 43||-14/51.5||L/O||-50||24||-74|
|11/21/09||LSU 23||MISS 25||-6/46||L/O||136||153||-17|
|11/22/08||MISS 31||LSU 13||-3/54||L/U||194||65||129|
|11/17/07||LSU 41||MISS 24||20/53.5||W/O||70||-27||97|
Louisiana State Last 10
|10/7/17||@ FLA||W 17-16||-1.5/42.5||L/U||39||22||17|
|9/16/17||@ MSST||L 7-37||-7.5/54.5||L/U||-195||-152||-43|
|9/2/17||@ BYU||W 27-0||-15/47||W/U||382||301||81|
|12/31/16||@ LOU||W 29-9||-3/59.5||W/U||174||110||64|
|11/24/16||@ TAM||W 54-39||-6.5/49||W/O||150||110||40|
Mississippi Last 10
|10/7/17||@ AUB||L 23-44||21/56||P/O||-132||-243||111|
|9/30/17||@ ALA||L 3-66||30/55.5||L/O||-360||-277||-83|
|9/16/17||@ CAL||L 16-27||-7/68||L/U||17||-110||127|
|11/19/16||@ VAN||L 17-38||-9.5/50||L/O||-118||-118||0|
|11/12/16||@ TAM||W 29-28||7/62||W/U||148||23||125|