FOOTBALL: Predictions Anyone?

This is a hard call. There are a lot of intangibles that favor the Rebels against Auburn Saturday.

But I’ve not seen Ole Miss put its best games back-to-back. A 23-21 win over Arkansas wasn’t especially pretty, but it had some bright spots, most notably the fact that Ole Miss had just one turnover and was able to control the line of scrimmage with its run game in the second half.

There’s a lot on the line for the Rebels this week, and they know it. They’re excited to be in a position they’ve never been in before.

Sometimes you don’t handle positions like that the best way the first time around.

Then there’s the wounded Tiger thing and a former Auburn coach suggesting this team has quit. It doesn’t take much to guess what Tommy Tuberville’s pregame speech will be like.

I expect Auburn to play with some fire, but that fire may flame out fast if the Rebels can get on top early. Most Auburn opponents have not been able to do that.

The Rebels are expecting a strong rushing effort from Auburn, and that plays into the Rebels’ strength of stopping the run.

Ole Miss struggled with the option a little bit at Arkansas, and they can expect a heavy dose of that from a more option-oriented quarterback in Kodi Burns. The Rebels defended that play better in the second half, and they’ll need to do it from the get-go against Auburn.

In the passing game, Burns is average, but the Rebels can make him look pretty good.

All in all, I’m saying the Ole Miss team is better prepared than it would have been in recent seasons.

I look for two good games back-to-back and a solid, clean effort at home, which hasn’t been there before.

— PA

Ole Miss 26, Auburn 21

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24 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Predictions Anyone?”

  1. VA Reb Says:

    Ole Miss 21 Auburn 17

  2. Raleighrebel Says:

    Ole Miss 27 Auburn 17

    Snead throws one interception, and passes for 250 yards. McCluster rushes for 60 yards, no pass attempts, no fumbles.

  3. bornarebel Says:

    If we can jump out to a big early lead it could deflate them and we win big. But their backs are against the wall. They say it is not do or die for them but it is pretty close to it. State faced the same thing when they went to Tenn. Fulmer was coaching for his job and they came out and whipped State. If we can jump on them early and often then we win. Otherwise it could be a really tough game. I say we win another close one.
    Ole Miss – 31
    Auburn – 27

  4. Mark Says:

    Ole Miss 34-20.

  5. doubletripper Says:

    i think it all depends upno which sneed shows up. if it is the one who takes care of the ball by making good decisions, we win. if it is the one who gets rattled and throws the ball up for grabs, we loose.

  6. OLineCoach Says:

    Snead will have a good game, the running game will continue to come along, the defense will score with INT return, and we will return a punt or kick for a TD. Rebs make a statement to open the November to remember…
    Ole Miss- 35
    Auburn- 10

  7. SSA Says:

    Ole Miss 24-7

  8. SSA Says:

    Ole Miss 24-7

  9. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Rebs 20 War Eagles 13

  10. L2 Says:

    Ole Miss – 23
    War Chickens – 17

  11. JB Says:

    L2 like that “War Chickens”. Will have to tell one of my grandau who is an Auburn fan of their new label. Ha!

  12. Jay Stokes Says:

    i’d like to say that ole miss will put up points, but auburn has a solid defense. snead finally connected with wallace on deep routes at arkansas, so i think you’ll see more of that. if only he could get to where he connects nearly every time they’re open! wallace is always open. i’m gonna go out on a limb here and say snead doesn’t throw a pick during this one and has around 275 yards on the day. auburn scores on their first drive easily, but struggles after that….going 3 and out at least 4 or 5 times.

    ole miss — 28
    auburn — 17

  13. Jay Stokes Says:

    one thing i didn’t mention….i think this game is favorable for the rebels, but they have to show up to play bigtime. it is crucial that they get a good start to both halves during the game. as much as we hate him as ole miss fans, tommy tubberville is a good coach who finds ways to win close games. the rebs have to play with some fire and put the game away as early as possible.

  14. oxfordrebel Says:

    I’m beating matt to the draw on this one. I just have a bad feeling about this game, it’s kinda like Tubby’s back is to the wall, and he’s gonna come out swinging. Their QB might not be great, but as PA said, we do a great job at making average qb’s look awesome. I think Auburn wins this one.

    UM-24
    Auburn-30

    For the record, I hope I’m wrong

  15. jr85reb Says:

    Rebels – 30

    Tigers – 21

    I just don’t like Auburn.

  16. farley662 Says:

    OM 21 Auby 20

    UK 17 Crxxmers 10

  17. djrebel Says:

    Farley, have some faith in the Dogs, man. Kentucky’s got a lot of injuries right now. Three weeks ago I’d have said Kentucky, but I’m taking State in this one.

    — PA

  18. bigdraws Says:

    Om 24 Auburn 10
    Uk 20 MSU 10
    Miller Lite 18 Draws 1

  19. farley662 Says:

    I have no faith in Crxxm. None. Zilch. Zero!

  20. m4rebs Says:

    Already in Oxford for some meetings and feeling a different vibe than in the past when Tubby’s Tigers have rolled in town. Still, my question is can we outlast history??? It’s been since 1992 since a W in Oxford against the Tigers of Auburn. I feel good about the D-line vs. the Aubun offense, but somehow, someway, team’s struggling in the passing game break out against our secondary. Not sounding like Mouzon is in the mix for this week either, so I’d expect more of the same unfortunately. I’m hoping we can get over the 15 year schnide, but not looking to walk out with a W. If we don’t turn it over, we WILL WIN. We won’t…..
    Auburn 20
    Ole Miss 17

  21. m4rebs Says:

    Don’t worry OR, theirs room on the realistic train. And it goes without saying on all predictions against the Rebs from my perspective, I NEVER HOPE WE LOSE.

  22. Rebelwithacause Says:

    Our Defense Secondary will determine who wins the game, if they keep letting Receivers run wide open on crossing routes and not being able to defend the jump passes, it will be a long day for the Rebels. If our Secondary had covered like they should during the Games in the 3 losses we had they would have been wins.

  23. djrebel Says:

    There’s a better chance of someone knocking down a jump ball or two than there is defending that middle. The crossing patterns are a product of a blitzing defense, and Ole Miss hasn’t covered it well.

    — PA

  24. stangreb Says:

    3-2 Rebs. Joshua finally gets to kick the game winner with 1 sec. left.

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