3 Keys To Victory
1. Slow the LSU run game
While depth is an issue, one place the Rebels have been able to rotate players is the defensive line, and it’s begging to show.
Ole Miss is able to move tackles in and out, especially as redshirt freshman Woodrow Hamilton has returned from injury. Ends are moving in and out too.
Rested and healthy players on the front line need to set the tone slowing down the LSU run game and forcing the Tigers to throw.
LSU has been successful in the passing game of late, but the body of work is less than it is with the Tigers with their depth at running back.
2.Execute in the passing game
It’s asking too much to believe the Rebels’ struggling running game will correct itself against LSU’s run defense.
If it does, that’s a bonus. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze will keep taking shots in the run game so opponents can’t just pin their ears back and rush the passer.
The more likely scenario for Ole Miss success is for Wallace to make right reads and be accurate and for his receivers to reduce or eliminate drops.
3.Finish with touchdowns
If you’re kicking field goals of less than 30 yards, you’re messing up. Ole Miss settled for three chip-shot field goals in its one-point loss to Vanderbilt.
The Rebels have to execute on offense to get to the red zone, and when they’re there, they need to finish strong.
This isn’t a team that is going to blow people off the ball, particularly when the field shrinks, and the line of scrimmage is crowded.
When the offense is clicking the Rebels have been able to successfully attack the edge to get in the end zone. That happened twice at Alabama.
Maybe scoring touchdowns means coming up with a play or plays not yet seen on video, but the Rebels won’t pull an upset in Baton Rouge with short field goals.