Yeah, we’re back on our game week previews what with Ole Miss being on the schedule this week, and Derek Mason said on the Commodore Hour last night that as of yesterday we have enough players to field a team. Hey, maybe we’ll play a football game this weekend!
Anyway. This article is titled “Opponent Defense Preview” and in Ole Miss’s case, “defense” might be a bit of a stretch. The Rebels are allowing 44.6 ppg — fifth from the bottom of FBS — and even more damning, each of the Rebels’ five opponents have hit their season high in points. Kentucky scored 41 points against Ole Miss and has scored 81 points, total, in its other four games. (Granted, Ole Miss could hold Vanderbilt to 13 points and this would still qualify as the Commodores’ highest point total in a game this season, but I digress.)
It’s hard to know where to start with a defense that’s this disastrous, but one sign of danger is that Ole Miss’s leading tackler, Keidron Smith, is listed as a cornerback. That’s… not good. The Rebels do have a legitimate star in 6’4”, 265-pound BUCK Sam Williams, who leads the team with six tackles for loss and three sacks — but as a team, the Rebels have notched just nine sacks all season. And meanwhile, Ole Miss’ opponents have completed 73.6 percent of their passes, which is… well, that’s not good either.
And if that’s bad, the Rebels’ run defense might actually be worse; on the ground, they’re getting gashed to the tune of 5.9 yards per carry. From best I can tell, Ole Miss’s defensive philosophy is to get off te field as quickly as possible to get the offense back on the field, and I don’t mean this in a good way.
So, again, Vanderbilt will probably score 14 points anyway, because Vanderbilt.