Ole Miss vs Auburn : The bye week was great and had perfect timing for Matt Luke’s squad to get recovered and refreshed for this week’s road matchup against Gus Malzahn and the No. 11 Auburn Tigers. But, they will need more than a few positive injury reports to be able to break through Kevin Steele’s defense.
The Rebel offense has been a bit of a conundrum of sorts this season despite being at the top of the Southeastern Conference in rushing and having three dudes in the huddle who can break it for six at any time. The back-and-forth of John Rhys Plumlee and Matt Corral at quarterback combined with the inability to be balanced with one or the other on the field has really handcuffed Rich Rodriguez.
On the other side of the football, Mike MacIntyre’s defense has been masterful. A year after being ranked in the triple digits, this year’s edition is night and day better.
Auburn returns for the first time in more than a month to host Ole Miss.
The No. 11 Tigers (6-2, 3-2 SEC) host the Rebels (3-5, 2-3) on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT.
Here’s how you can watch and listen to the game:
Ole Miss vs. No. 11 Auburn
When: 6 p.m. CT, Saturday
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama
Online video: watchESPN.com
Radio: WTGZ-FM 93.9 in Auburn | Sirius 81 (Auburn), 134 (Ole Miss); XM 81 (Auburn), 192 (Ole Miss) | List of affiliates | AuburnTigers.com | Auburn Gameday app | TuneIn
Line: Auburn -19.5 (Sportsline)
All Auburn football games can be found on the Auburn Sports Network radio affiliates covering the the entire state of Alabama plus portions of Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina and Kentucky.
Yes, we’re all disappointed in how things went down in Baton Rouge, and the vast majority of the fanbase expressed some form of frustration with the way that things were handled in what very well could have been a huge road win.
Now, Auburn is back at home for the rest of the season. We’ve done all of our trips, and lost at the current #1 and #6 teams in the country. Not bad, but this team hasn’t come close to reaching its peak. With Ole Miss coming in before a bye week, this is the opportunity to start climbing the ladder. Will we do it? Find out below:
The Auburn Tigers were knocked for a loop by the LSU Tigers in last week’s Top 10 showdown. Now, as they look to regain their focus, they return to The Plains, and will welcome the Ole Miss Rebels for a nighttime encounter to begin the month of November.
Auburn is likely out of the SEC West race with their loss to LSU. Even if they run the table and beat the rival Alabama Crimson Tide at the end of the season, their chances of dethroning either to go to Atlanta is pretty much nonexistent. That being said, they can still play for a New Year’s Six bowl opportunity or, at the very least, a New Year’s Day bowl.
Plus, they’ll be looking to maintain their winning ways at home. They’re unbeaten so far in their three home games, and have been awfully dominant. They have a point differential of +90, and an average MOV of 30 points. Oh, and by the way: They’ll play every game at home the rest of the way too.
Ole Miss, meanwhile, has not fared well just about anywhere. They are losers of four of their last five as they go into this game on Saturday night, their lone win being a 31-6 trucking of the Vanderbilt Commodores last month. The only other SEC win of any kind that they have this season was against the lowly Arkansas Razorbacks back in September. The only real positive is that their last two losses haven’t been blowouts. They fell 38-27 to the Missouri Tigers two games ago and 24-17 to the Texas A&M Aggies last time around (which, if you’re keeping score at home, was a cover for the former and a one-point miss for the latter).
It will be key for Auburn to bounce back swiftly and avoid a worser fate. Ole Miss will have an upset on their minds as they go into Jordan-Hare, a place where they’ve won just twice in the 21st century (2003, 2015). Can they pull off the stunner? Time will tell.