LSU vs. Ole Miss: Two Matchups To Watch
OM receivers vs. LSU DBs
The Rebels have three wideouts whom LSU coach Ed Orgeron expects to be high draft picks. They’ll meet a secondary coming off one of its better showings in a while (11 pass breakups; 4 completions in 21 targets in downfield man coverage). Donte Jackson, in his nickel role, will battle slot guys like A.J. Brown (19.4 ypc) and Van Jefferson (4.6 rpg).
LSU RBs/OLs vs. OM front 7
The Rebels are struggling at linebacker, and their defense as a whole is one of the nation’s worst at stopping the run (allowing 238.5 rushing a game). This is the perfect time for a young offensive line to grow up and open holes for RBs Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams. LSU gained just 59 yards on 22 inside runs against Auburn.
LSU: Keep An Eye On No. 29
Teams have picked on redshirt freshman cornerback Greedy Williams this season, and he’s made them pay. No other DBs has seen more targets this season, and that probably won’t change against pass-happy Ole Miss. Williams could be in for a busy day.
Ole Miss: Keep An Eye on No. 1
A.J. Brown’s 678 yards receiving are 200 more than the next-best Ole Miss receiver. He’s the Rebels’ big-play wideout, averaging nearly 20 yards a catch and hauling in six score so far through six games. Donte Jackson, Williams and Kevin Toliver have their hands full.
Numbers to know
LSU penalty yards per game, most in SEC
4th-quarter yards, points allowed by LSU in last 2 games
Yards per game rushing allowed by Ole Miss, 12th in SEC
Ole Miss’ passing yards per game, first in SEC