SEC Week 5 Preview: Ole Miss Takes on Bama, LSU at Georgia

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Whether you are a fan of SEC football or not, search every college football lover knows that Alabama is one of the most powerful college football programs in the country, ed if not THE most powerful. Every week we wait to see the fate of the underdog that faces the reigning champs. This week, it’s Ole Miss is on the chopping block, and though they may sound like just another team of hopefuls, this year’s Rebels squad has a new face of fearlessness.

#21 Ole Miss at #1 Alabama, Saturday at 5:30pm on ESPN

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Why you should care: Experts suggest that this game is in the hands of the freshmen Rebels. Old Miss hasn’t had a 3-0 start to their season since 1989 and if they defeat Alabama this weekend they will collect a 4-0 for their records for the first time since 1970. Ole Miss moved up in the rankings after beating Texas 44-23 on the road two weeks ago.  Mississippi triumphed over the Longhorns in passing and rushing yards that game. Alabama was criticized for their performance against Colorado State last week and Coach Saban admits that this week will be difficult for Bama, given the Rebel’s recent success. It’s been 10 years since Ole Miss has won a matchup against the Tide. The Rebels will have to dig from within to match up to the countries top football team in the country.

Ole Miss QB, Bo Wallace at work.
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What to watch for: Let’s focus on Ole Miss here. Junior QB, Bo Wallace has quietly snuck up just behind AJ McCarron in passing yards and touchdowns. Wallace has completed 64 percent of his passes and has thrown for four touchdowns so far this season. Last year Wallace stacked up 2,994 passing yards as a sophomore. Bottom line is, Wallace has been overshadowed by the gleaming SEC light constantly showcasing McCarron, Johnny Manziel and Aaron Murray.  Be sure to keep a keen eye on how Wallace delivers under the limelight.

#6 LSU at #9 Georgia, Saturday at 2:30pm on CBS

Georgia frontrunners Todd Gurley (left) Keith Marshall (right).
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Why you should care:  LSU is the more consistent team of the two, but Georgia gets home field advantage on Saturday. With LSU recovering from injuries, this game is very evenly matched. These two teams haven’t faced off since the 2011 SEC championship (when LSU gave Georgia a major butt whoopin’ winning 42-10.)

What to watch for: The Tiger’s offense is on fire. Mettenberger, LSU’s star QB, has already thrown 1,026 yards for 10 TDs. Georgia’s Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have been role players in recent games but neither player has lead the team to victory with outstanding numbers. This game is their opportunity to step up to the plate and deliver a competitive edge to match LSU’s offense.

 

About the author: Paige Travis is the essence of a sports lover with a diva persona. She has played sports competitively for over 10 years and traveled around the country to compete on multiple levels, but don’t let the basketball shorts and ponytails fool you; she is a diva on a mission. Her obsession with heels is just as strong as her obsession with the Chicago Bulls and White Sox. Her favorite athletes include Derrick Rose and Johnny Knox and the very handsome Matt Kemp. Currently, Paige is studying Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in sports and news at the University of Missouri.

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