The South Carolina Gamecocks and Mississippi Rebels will meet at Vaught Hemington Stadium on Saturday night on Saturday night. South Carolina is next to last in the SEC East, while the same could be said for Ole Miss in the SEC West. The race for the SEC Championship is over for South Carolina and Ole Miss, though we knew that before the opening kickoff in the conference.
It’s looking incredibly likely that we will see Florida and Alabama in the SEC Championship. With Florida beating Georgia, they have a serious upper hand on the Bulldogs. It would be nice to see something different than Georgia and Alabama, so I’m all for Florida and Alabama. It would be interesting to see what Kyle Trask could do in a championship game.
Right now for Lane Kiffin, it’s about looking towards the future and what’s to come. Kiffin is in his first year with the Rebels after resigning from FAU. He’s working with recruits from a previous coaching staff, so it’s going to take a minute for him to get his own guys in here. There are some things that must be changed, while others can remain the same.
The offense has everything you’d want. They can score points in a hurry, but the defense leaves a lot to be desired. Kiffin is responsible for fixing the defense. The Rebels already had a solid offense before he showed up, so the onus is going to be on Kiffin to recruit defense when he has an opportunity. If the offense remains the same, and Kiffin brings in defensive help, then Ole Miss are suddenly a serious team.
Ole Miss enters Saturday with a record of 2-4. They’re coming off an easy 54-21 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores. The offense was firing on all cylinders once again, as Matt Corral went wild through the air for 412 yards and 6 touchdowns on the hapless Vanderbilt defense. Henry Parrish Jr. and Jerrion Ealy also had big games on the ground with over 6 yards per carry between the two of them. Nothing new for this Rebels’ offense.
The Gamecocks are coming off a humiliating defeat by a score of 48-3 against the Aggies. They are likely going to be motivated to play a much better game after getting embarrassed. Like Ole Miss, South Carolina enters Saturday with a record of 2-4. They have a blowout win over Vanderbilt, 41-7, and an upset over Auburn, 30-22. Head below for our free South Carolina vs. Ole Miss pick for November 14, 2020.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Ole Miss Rebels NCAAF Betting Odds:
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The most dangerous part of the Ole Miss offense this season has been how balanced they’ve been. Last year it was essentially an option offense that couldn’t pass the ball downfield. Matt Corral saw some action, but he was largely the backup behind John Rhys Plumlee. It’s been the other way around this season, with Plumlee seeing playing time behind Corral.
Corral is the better passer, though he can run if he wants as well. He’s passed for 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on 71.7% completions. Corral has also gained 281 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns with his legs. Plumlee is the faster of the two, but Corral provides the Rebels with more options through the air and ground.
Corral has helped lead Ole Miss to 541 yards and 38 points per game. Their 541 yards a game ranks sixth in the FBS. We knew even with a new head coach that Ole Miss was going to be dangerous offensively and it’s been more of the same under Kiffin. Corral coming along and improving his passing game has helped elevate the offense further.
The defense certainly needs a lift, though. The Rebels are fifth worst in the nation with an average of 533.5 yards allowed per game. They’ve also yielded a whopping 40.7 points per game. Vanderbilt doesn’t have an effective offense, though they still managed to pass for more than 300 yards. After a 3-point stinker last week, expect South Carolina to respond with a better effort offensively.
I just have little faith in the Gamecocks containing the Ole Miss offense on the road, though. South Carolina has conceded a total of 100 points the last two weeks, against LSU and Texas A&M. Expect another struggle against a top-flight SEC offense on Saturday. South Carolina might be able to take advantage of a weak Ole Miss secondary to cover, but the Rebels should win. With the spread out of my range, though, I will side with the total and pull the trigger on the OVER.