After a redeeming win last week, the LSU Tigers still have a shot at a top bowl berth as they square off against the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.
With a win Saturday and next week against Arkansas, the Tigers would need a three-way tie between them and Alabama and Texas A&M in order to play in the SEC title game. But is unlikely because it would require the Crimson Tide to lose to Auburn in their final regular season game.
The Tigers dominated Mississippi State 37-17 a week after their near upset of Alabama, with Zach Mettenberger throwing for 273 yards and two touchdowns.
It was the first time this season Mettenberger had thrown for 200 yards or more in consecutive games. Both his scores came in a 17-point second quarter, the Tigers Craig Loston returned an interception 100 yards for a score.
LSU has won the last two meetings against Ole Miss, but these are not the same Rebels.
Ole Miss can earn a bowl berth with a win, and greatly improve on a 2-10 mark from last season.
The 5-5 Rebels will look for their first win over a ranked opponent this season, after dropping two straight games.
Ole Miss nearly dropped Vanderbilt, but gave up a score in the final minute and lost 27-26. Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace fired off 403 yards and a touchdown, and Ma-Mes Logan caught eight passes for 160 yards.
Wallace also rushed for another touchdown to put Ole miss up 23-6, but the Commodores went on a 21-3 run and the Rebels couldn’t respond.
Prediction: Despite the Rebels three-game improvement from last year, LSU has more talent and Mettenberger is rounding out their offense with top passing. The Tigers should roll to victory.
Betting Odds: LSU is favored by 19 points
Over/Under: 50 points
Predicted Score: LSU 35, Ole Miss 17