After Ole Miss’ 10-7 loss at LSU the Rebels’ nation-leading scoring defense average improved by a tenth of a point. The Rebels were allowing 10.6 points a game last week, 10.5 points a game this week.
Scoring offense, however, dropped from 35.4 points a game, which was eighth in the SEC, to 31.9 points a game which is ninth in the SEC this week, 47th in America.
It’s uncanny to think that you go on the road in the SEC, hold an opponent to 10 points and go plus-3 in turnover margin and lose the game. But things happen when you can’t move the football, and the Rebels struggled to do that in the second half.
The Rebels are second in the SEC, third in the nation in turnover margin this week at plus-1.63 per game. Seventeen of those take-aways are interceptions which leads the SEC and the nation.
One reason both Mississippi schools have been so successful this season is red zone defense. Ole Miss is third in the SEC, 19th overall with an opponent success rate of .737. LSU was 50 percent, going 2-for-4, with a touchdown and a field goal. Ole Miss stopped one red zone drive with a forced fumble at the goalline, another when the Tigers missed a 28-yard field goal.