OL woes: Obviously Laremy Tunsil would have been a big help tonight. The Rebels had seemingly found their way without him and were getting some good play up front. There are a few injuries to consider, but I’m not sure Justin Bell would have made a difference in this game. Tunsil might have. Had Florida not gotten the pressure it did in the first half it’s possible Ole Miss could have set a different tone on offense.
Defense gave up big plays: The first was Grier’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson where Mike Hilton looked lost in coverage. There were big plays on crossing routes too, a 77-yard touchdown off a 7-yard catch by Brandon Powell and a 15-yard touchdown by Antonio Callaway. The Rebels are missing Tony Conner in pass coverage.
DC Dave Wommack:
Red zone struggles: Freeze’s play selection on the goalline was called out on social media by several including by one of the Ole Miss players, injured defensive lineman Herbert Moore.
The Rebels had a first-and-goal from the 1 in the third quarter and end up losing five yards and settling for a short field goal.
The sequence did not include a pass to Laquon Treadwell. That is odd, because you know who you are right now, and Ole Miss is once again struggling with short yardage particularly from point-blank scoring range.
With first down at the 1 the calls included three runs. You can question the play calling, but the bigger concern is that you can’t run the ball from the 1.
No turnovers forced: Ole Miss intercepted seven passes in its first three games but has forced no turnovers the last two weeks. Ole Miss is minus-6 in turnover margin over the last two games.