Ole Miss Rebels at Auburn Tigers
Saturday, 6 p.m. CT, ESPNU
Play-by-play: Clay Matvick | Analysis: Matt Stinchcomb | Sideline: Dawn Davenport
Opening line: Auburn +2
Series history: Auburn 27-10 | At Auburn: Auburn 13-2 | Last 10: Auburn 7-3
Last meeting: Ole Miss 41, Auburn 20, Oct. 13, 2012, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
Game-time forecast: A nighttime low of 61 and a 55 percent chance of rain
Head coach: Hugh Freeze (second year: 10-7; fifth year overall: 40-14)
Co-offensive coordinators: Matt Luke, Dan Werner (spread/multiple)
Co-defensive coordinators: Dave Wommack, Jason Jones (4-2-5)
SB Nation affiliate: Red Cup Rebellion
Ole Miss quickly reached high heights after a 3-0 start, jumping into the top 25 after a 44-23 dismantling at Texas. Going into Alabama with a chance to make the kind of statement the Rebels haven't made in years, things didn't work out so well, and Freeze's team left Tuscaloosa with a 25-0 loss. So now, Auburn is likely dealing with one of two teams: a team wounded with its tail between its legs, or an angry team aiming to make amends for the embarrassment at Alabama.
No matter the state of the Rebels' psyche, they will bring talent and experience to the Plains. They'll run a similar offense to Gus Malzahn's, and their defense, especially the front seven features skilled players capable of giving Auburn problems. Ole Miss didn't look impressive against Alabama, but coming away with a win Saturday would be no small feat for the Tigers.
KEY REBELS ON OFFENSE
Jeff Scott, RB -- Scott is the little sparkplug that has a penchant for breaking big plays. Despite his small stature (5'7, 162 pounds), he's averaging 8.3 yards per carry and 89.5 yards per contest. Scott has lightning speed and will kill Auburn if he gets the ball in space.
Bo Wallace, QB -- Wallace looks great at times, but he has a history of being careless with the football. He led the SEC with 17 interceptions last year, but he's managed to avoid any picks in 2013. A key factor Saturday will likely be whether or not Auburn can force Wallace to turn it over.
Laquon Treadwell, WR -- The Rebels don'e really have any one guy who has taken over as the No. 1 receiver, but Treadwell's 20 catches lead the team. As a true freshman, he's raw, but his 6'3, 215-pound frame and immense talent makes him a serious threat to the Tigers' secondary.
KEY REBELS ON DEFENSE
Denzel Nkemdiche, LB -- Denzel is the older Nkemdiche brother, and he may be Ole Miss' best defensive player. He was injured in the season opener against Vanderbilt and has missed the last three games. Whether or not he's ready to return against Auburn, and how effective he can be, will make an impact on the Rebels' chances at stopping the Tigers' offense.
Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT -- The younger Nkemdiche brother was the No. 1 player in the Class of 2013, and we're still not sure how he ended up at Ole Miss. He normally starts on the end of the line, but he started at tackle against Alabama. Wherever he lines up, Auburn will have to work to keep him out of the backfield.
Serderious Bryant, LB -- If Denzel Nkemdiche isn't Ole Miss' best player on D, it has to be Bryant. He leads the team with 35 tackles and is tied for second with four tackles for loss. Bryant flies around the field and will be key to disrupting Gus Malzahn's rushing attack.
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