Offensive timing

With 42 days between games timing can be an issue on offense — both offenses — as Ole Miss and Pittsburgh meet in Birmingham Saturday in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner reminds us that if timing is an issue — and he doesn’t believe it will be — that it will be an issue for both teams, and the game will be won the team that is most mentally though.


The Rebels will work out this morning and will take Tuesday off, making it simply a travel day to Birmingham. They are expected to check in at the Sheraton by the Civic Center around 5 p.m.

We’ll who, if either team, is affected by the long layoff when the game finally kicks off at noon on Saturday. In the meantime, here’s how the Ole Miss and Pitt offenses compare in the NCAA rankings:

Rushing offense: Ole Miss 54, Pitt 89

Passing offense: Pitt 43, Ole Miss 47

Total offense: Ole Miss 46, Pitt 61

Scoring offense: Ole Miss 49, Pitt 72

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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