This week’s SEC slate grew far more compelling with last week’s Alabama loss. The Ole Miss at Tennessee matchup is no exception, and when these two teams meet up under the lights of Neyland Stadium, expect a classic.
Are the Rebels poised to make a run? Will the Volunteers return to national prominence with a win? Check out this guide to the latest Ole Miss vs. Tennessee college football odds and the game’s best bets.
Lane Kiffin Has the Rebels Rolling
Tennessee fans are very familiar with the Ole Miss head coach. The university hired Kiffin as head coach in 2009, only to watch him leave Knoxville for the head job at USC.
Over a decade later, Kiffin returns to Leyland Stadium with the Ole Miss Rebels ranked 13 in the AP Poll and second in the NCAA for total offense.
Tennessee’s Respectable Record
It’s been many years since the Tennessee Volunteers were a college football power. While the fans remain passionate, the past two decades haven’t produced the same thrills as the glory years.
Coming into Week 7, Josh Heupel’s squad boasts a 4-2 record. After a disappointing Week 2 home loss to the Pitt Panthers, they dominated South Carolina and Missouri.
This game versus the Rebels starts the most challenging portion of the Tennessee schedule. But, it’s a must-win if they want to emerge from the next four weeks with a winning record.
Ole Miss vs. Tennessee: A Deep Dive Into the Odds
Ole Miss is a three-point road favorite, and the Tennessee faithful isn’t too happy about the Volunteers’ status as a home underdog.
To rally their team, Tennessee AD Danny White announced a return of the “Checker Neyland” tradition where the fans in Neyland Stadium coordinate colors to look like the famous orange and white checkered end zones.
Will a hostile environment give Tennessee the edge they need?
Matt Corral Heisman Talk
Lane Kiffin runs an unconventional but explosive offense, but he’s never had a QB quite like Matt Corral as a signal-caller. Corral is a dual-threat weapon capable of exploiting the weak spots of any defense.
Last week against Arkansas, Corral threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 94 yards and another two TDs.
Hendon Hooker’s Steady Hand
Fifth-year senior QBs are a blessing for any college football program, and Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker is no exception.
After Joe Milton III suffered an injury in Week 2, the Virginia Tech transfer has thrown for 1,063 yards, 13 touchdowns, and only one interception. He’s also rushed for 282 yards.
Does Ole Miss Play Defense?
Ole Miss plays an electric style of offense, but their defense is a weakness. They rank 102 in all of NCAA football, letting up an average of 432.2 total yards and 31 points per game.
Kiffin and Ole Miss play for a shootout every game, hoping their explosive offense can carry them to victory.
I expect Ole Miss to score a lot of points against an average Tennessee defense. Tennessee’s offense isn’t elite, but they’ve shown the capability to light up the scoreboard.
The experience and calm Hooker has under center will help the Volunteers exploit an atrocious Rebels defense. This game has all the makings of a Saturday classic and one I believe the Volunteers should win.
Ole Miss at Tennessee: Another Classic Saturday in the South
Ole Miss at Tennessee will have all the fireworks and drama a college football fan could want. So get ready to sing “Old Rocky Top” at the top of your lungs this week.
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