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Predictions: Ole Miss on the Road at Tennessee

Predictions: Ole Miss on the Road at Tennessee

Ole Miss’ quest to rise up the rankings takes a new stop this week as the Rebels hit the road against Tennessee. Fresh off of an entertaining win over Arkansas, head coach Lane Kiffin and company now head into a sold-out Neyland Stadium that is expecting 102,455 fans.

All-time, the Rebs have struggled against the Vols with a record of 19-44-1.  Ole Miss is 5-25 all-time against UT in Knoxville. The last Ole Miss win in Knoxville was in 1983, while the last meeting between the two teams was a (now vacated) 2014 win by Ole Miss by a score of 34-3.

Tennessee enters the contest 4-2 (2-1 SEC) while Ole Miss enters the contest 4-1 (1-1 SEC). The Vols’ defense has forced nine turnovers in the last three games. Lane Kiffin and offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby’s offense has turned it over just three times all season. All three were fumbles as QB Matt Corral has not thrown a single INT this year.

Every week we get a crew of people to predict the score. Before we get to that let’s check out the standings.

Standings

TJ Oxley (The Rebel Walk): 2-0
CFB Home: 2-0
Caleb Salers (Groveside Chats): 2-0
Ruby Draayer (Red Cup Rebellion): 1-1
Tyler Komis (Inside the Rebels): 1-1
Evie Van Pelt (The Rebel Walk): 1-1

Predictions

Guest: Terry Lambert (RockyTopTalk): 48-42 Ole Miss

Guest: Evan Winter (RockyTopTalk): 48-46 Tennessee

There are two factors that give the Vols the slightest of edges in this game: Defense and Neyland Stadium. The Vols defense is better than the Rebels when it comes to pass defense, run defense, and scoring defense. If this game comes down to who can make a stop, then it’s hard to not like the Vols. Neyland will be on fire, as well. This is the most anticipated game since 2015 Oklahoma or 2016 Florida. And the former set a new record for decibel records set during the game. The crowd will certainly affect Ole Miss’ offense. And it could even be detrimental. The Vols are also much better on third down. If this game comes down to the wire-like most expect, then you can see why it’s not illogical to take the Vols, here.”

Evan Winter (RockyTopTalk)

TJ Oxley: 49-42, Ole Miss

Tyler Komis: 48-38, Ole Miss

Ruby Drayyer: 48-38, Ole Miss

Caleb Salers: 48-35, Ole Miss

While both Ole Miss and Tennessee light up the scoreboard, I believe the Rebels’ defense is on a mission to prove that they can force stops when they need. The addition of Jake Springer to the lineup will add a much-needed boost of energy and experience to a defense that is in dire need of cohesion. On the offensive side, Matt Corral will do Matt Corral things. I have full faith in his ability to carry the team to a victory in a hostile environment at Neyland Stadium. In addition, the Rebels’ dangerous run game with Henry Parrish, Snoop Conner, and an active Jerrion Ealy will give the Volunteers’ fits. Therefore I am confident the Rebels win by double-digits.”

Caleb Salers (Groveside Chats)

Evie Van Pelt: 48-35, Ole Miss

CFB Home: 38-28, Ole Miss

About The Author

TJ Oxley

TJ Oxley is a current MBA student at Ole Miss after having earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Toledo. He currently covers college hoops and the NBA Draft for the Basketball Society as well as all things Ole Miss for The Rebel Walk.

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