Previews and Predictions: No. 13 Ole Miss hosts ULM on Senior Day
OXFORD, Miss. — The No. 13 Ole Miss Rebels host ULM on Senior Day at Vaught-Hemingway Saturday. This will be the fifth meeting in the series, and the Rebels lead 4-0.
Although Ole Miss lost last Saturday to No. 1 Georgia, head coach Lane Kiffin’s team has much to play for as they enter the final two games. A win over ULM and State (on Thanksgiving) would give the Rebels their second 10-win regular season in school history, both coming under Coach Kiffin.
If they were to win both those games and a bowl game, an 11-win season would constitute the most victories ever in a single season in school history.
Ole Miss got some good news that quarterback Jaxson Dart, who many thought might have been injured in the loss to Georgia, is fine and will be able to play Saturday against the Warhawks. On Senior Day, players will be recognized — some who have no more eligibility and some who do as a result of getting an extra “COVID year.” For a look at the players who can come back as well as those who have exhausted their eligibility, please check out Zach Moreth’s article, here.
WARHAWKS SCOUTING REPORT
ULM heads into the matchup with the Rebels at 2-8, 0-7 in Sun Belt Conference play. The Warhawks started the season 0-2, but have dropped eight straight games. Offensively, ULM is averaging 335.4 yards per game, with 195 coming through the air and 140 yards rushing per game. Jiya Wright, Blake Murphy and Hunter Herring have all started at least one game at quarterback for ULM. Wright has started seven of the Warhawks’ 10 games and has thrown for 1,124 yards and 10 TDs, with six interceptions. Sixth-year wide receiver Tyrone Howell leads the ULM receiving corps with 44 catches for 516 yards and seven touchdowns. Hunter Smith and former Ole Miss Rebel Isaiah Woullard serve as the primary backs, rushing for 423 and 418 yards respectively.
Defensively, ULM is giving up 438.8 yards per game, but ranks No. 19 nationally with 11 interceptions. Junior middle linebacker Michael Batton leads the team with 71 total tackles. Ja’Terious Evans and David Godsey Jr. lead the Warhawks with three interceptions apiece.
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- Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 18th 11:am CT
- TV: SEC Network
- Memphis: WHBQ-AM 560
- Oxford: WOXF-FM 105.1
- Jackson: WFMN-FM 97.3
- Betting Lines (as of Friday at 10:00 p.m.)
- Ole Miss: -37.5
- O/U: 62.5
- Ole Miss Moneyline: None
- Georgia Moneyline: None
Ole Miss 48, UL Monroe 10
Prediction: The Rebs will respond just as they did after the Alabama loss and bounce back in a big way this week. They are facing a struggling ULM squad, and now is the perfect chance for the guys to get back to their normal selves on both sides of the ball. The goal should be dominance all game long for Ole Miss. I’m taking the Rebs 48-10.
X-factor: Ole Miss secondary
Ole Miss 55, UL-Monroe 13
This past week in pressers showed this team seems to have put last year’s collapse behind them. Coming from the Sun Belt, matchups are going to be an issue for the Warhawks this Saturday. Expect to see guys like Jaxson Dart, Quinshon Judkins and Tre Harris have huge games.
X-Factor: The entire defense. This game can prove to be a nice bounce back from last week in Athens for Golding’s group. I’d expect to see a fired up defense who will have a fire lit underneath them to try and finish off the year strong and lock up a NY6 bowl bid.
Ole Miss 59, UL-Monroe 14
The Rebels bounce back with a commanding win against ULM. After a fiery hot start to the game, Ole Miss will let the starters rest by halftime, giving backup quarterback Spencer Sanders the most playing time he’s had all season. Sanders will account for two scores — one in the air and one on the ground.
Ole Miss 49, UL-Monroe 6
This will be a cakewalk. The goal is to stay healthy before the Egg Bowl. The Rebels are going to get up early and coast. Jaxson Dart throws four touchdowns. Ulysses Bentley IV gets a pair.
Ole Miss 56, UL-Monroe 9
To put it simply, Louisiana-Monroe stands no chance against the Rebels in Week 12 as they come in on an eight-game losing streak. I also have Ole Miss covering the massive 37.5-point spread in their home season finale. They’re looking to light up the scoreboard these next two games, not only for the victory sake, but also to help better their case for the best possible bowl game they can get. So I expect almost no mercy from Ole Miss after the loss they endured last Saturday.
Prediction: Judkins scores 3 TDs.
Ole Miss 52, UL-Monroe 10
Prediction: Keeping it simple here. Ole Miss lost a tough one at Georgia. After that, Ole Miss needs to collect itself and finish out the season strong to keep hopes of a NY6 bowl alive. This is far from the quality of opponent as seen last week. After a disappointing performance, I expect Ole Miss to come out and play one of the more physically imposing games this season.
They’re going to run and run hard. I wouldn’t want to play them this week.
X-factor: the running game and the offensive linemen.
TJ Oxley is the Vice President of Operations and the Director of Community Relations for The Rebel Walk. He is also the Director of Basketball Content and Senior Basketball Writer. He has over five years of experience providing in-depth analysis of college basketball through multiple platforms. A former MBA graduate of Ole Miss, TJ started with The Rebel Walk in 2019.