Secondary concerns; Faith helps Rebels through challenging times

Moving ahead, the open week is behind, and it’s now No. 17-ranked LSU — after the Tigers lost at home to Arkansas by a couple of scores — that will face No. 25 Ole Miss. By virtue of various losses over the weekend the Rebels got back into the AP rankings but not the coaches list.

Whether Ole Miss can stay in the AP’s Top 25 and break back into the coaches will depend on what it can get done this Saturday afternoon at home against LSU which has now lost two straight.

The biggest concern for Ole Miss right now is its secondary. The big question is whether LSU quarterback Brandon Harris can exploit that secondary the way Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen did. From the Mother Ship, this column appeared over the weekend.

So did this piece on Akeem Judd and Evan Engram, two guys whose spiritual journey helps them through difficult times.

Harris struggled against the Alabama secondary going 6-for-19 for 128 yards with one touchdown and on interception.

Against Arkansas he was 21-for-35 for 271 with a touchdown and a pick.

His yards per completion were impressive in both games, 12.9 against Arkansas, 21.3 against Alabama. For the most part, however, both the Razorbacks and the Tide kept Harris from making big plays to the end zone. He has talented receivers. He had a 40-yard touchdown pass against Alabama, a 5-yard score against Arkansas.

So, was Ole Miss able to get better in the secondary during the week off and if so how much?

Whether Ole Miss makes Harris look like Kyle Allen and Sean White or Brandon Allen will go a long way in figuring the outcome.

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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  • Jim Galloway

    Ole Miss was also 25th (tied with MSU) in the Coaches’ poll.

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