Ole Miss at Vanderbilt
Saturday, 5 pm PT - SEC
Ole Miss -9.5 O/U 51.5
Ole Miss -9 O/U 50.5
A lot of talk in the media about the SEC West's domination over the SEC East which has been even more pronounced this season. And the gap is more than reflected in the pointspreads with Florida
(arguably the "class" of the East)
catching +14.5 at LSU, and this matchup, Ole Miss laying nearly double-digits at Vanderbilt. The Rebels have had a rocky campaign that has been littered with upper-tier opponents. Then there was the loss of starting quarterback Chad Kelly who proved to be one of the few elite passers in the SEC. Last week, in a very emotional spot, the Rebels came up with a monster effort (23 points in the fourth quarter) by beating Texas A&M on the road 29-28. Freshman quarterback Shea Patterson threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns as Ole Miss, at 5-5, kept its postseason hopes alive. Now they must hit the road for a second straight week to face a bottom feeder SEC East team and are being asked to win by double-digits. Keep in mind, the week prior, with Kelly, Ole Miss beat now 4-6 Georgia Southern at home by 10 with only a modest 441-401 total yardage advantage. And lastly, let's also not forget that the Egg Bowl is looming next week.
With four wins and two games in which they'll be an underdog, it's a longshot for Vanderbilt to reach the postseason. However, the Commodores continue to show the ability to stick around in games. They've stayed within this number in all six SEC games, including a recent 23-16 loss at Auburn. Obviously all but one of those games came against the East, but this weekend's foe isn't Alabama or even LSU. This is a prime flat spot for Ole Miss and one I recommend taking advantage of.