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Steve Geller

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"Sports Talk" Producer
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Steve: LSU should beat Ole Miss

6th ranked LSU invades Oxford to do battle with an Ole Miss team that is trying to put an end to a three-game losing streak.

The Tigers hold a 58 win 39 loss and 4 tie advantage over the Rebels in the all-time series.

The Bayou Benglas offense is currently averaging 466 yards per game and is scoring 41 points per contest. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,890 yards with 5 touchdowns and two interceptions.

Mettenberger is aided by the best receiving tandem in the nation.  Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry rank second and fourth in the SEC in receiving yards and have combined for 13 scores. 

Big bruising back Jeremy Hill ranks third in the conference in rushing yards with 715 and is tied for the lead with 9 touchdowns. Hill gets the bulk of the carries; but Terrence Magee, Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard are also actively involved.

Over on the defensive side of the ball, LSU allows on average 22 points per game and 349 yards per contest.  They did have their best performance of the season last week against Florida... giving up just 2 field goals and haven't surrendered more then 27 points in any game other than their loss "between the hedges."

Linebacker Lamin Barrow leads the team with 49 tackles, while defensive end Jermauria Rasco has made his presence known in the backfield with eight QB hurries.  Also, after getting off to a very slow start to the season, defensive tackle Anthony Johnson has come on of late and has notched 5 1/2 tackles for loss along with 2 sacks.

This year's Ole Miss team has shown plenty of promise on offense, scoring 29 point per game with 433 yards per contest. Rebels QB Bo Wallace has thrown for 1,444 yards and rushed for 144 to go along with 12 total touchdowns and just three interceptions.  The problem is Wallace is completing less than 60 percent of his passes.

Laquon Treadwell is the leading Rebels receiver with 32 receptions for 327 yards and 2 scores. Donte Moncrief is Wallace's number 2 option, and a player to keep an eye on as he has 24 catches for 358 yards and four scores.

While the defense hasn't exactly hurt the Rebels this season, it also hasn't done much to impress.  They give up 28 points per game and 399 yards per contest.  They are allowing teams to convert third downs 44 percent of the time.

Linebacker Serderius Bryant has been the unit's top playmaker with 55 tackles and 6 tackles for loss, although he is listed as doubtful after suffering a concussion last week.

Home field advantage should be enough to keep this game close for Ole Miss, but now that LSU is clicking on both sides of the ball I foresee the Tigers being 7-1 after this one.

Prediction: LSU 27, Ole Miss 14

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10/18/2013 11:32PM
Steve: LSU should beat Ole Miss
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10/19/2013 3:01PM
Cajun Lady
We are LSU Tigers &w are coming to ole ms. to WIN! Geaux Tigers!
10/19/2013 4:33PM
Rebel with a cause.
10/19/2013 8:14PM
Reality check
LSU's no offense and half hearted defense are back in style. Down 17 - 0 3rd quarter.
10/19/2013 10:14PM
Reality Check
I guess we should feel lucky that good old Les didn't play the Ole Miss starters, it would have been real slap in the face.
10/19/2013 10:36PM
Reality Check
As usual Les really knows how to prepare a team for an important game. When is enough, enough ?
10/20/2013 9:03AM
The sky is falling
Alabama will run up about 40 on this defense, A&M around 50. Good night Tigers!
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