Ole Miss Football 3 keys: LSU

Three keys Ole Miss

The Ole Miss Rebels got out of Knoxville alive, and with a victory. They weren’t shown any hospitality by the folks in Knoxville, but they lived to tell the tale. Lane Kiffin kept his sense of humor, and the Rebels continued to regroup from their loss to Alabama earlier in the year.

By Matt Zemek

With only one loss at the moment, the Rebels are still in the hunt in the SEC West race. They are also squarely in the chase for a New Year’s Six bowl bid, which would be a terrific achievement for the program if it can obtain it. The path to success will not be easy for Ole Miss, however. Texas A&M has revived itself. Auburn has been better than expected the past few weeks. Those two teams await the Rebels in the coming weeks. Before then, they have to deal with LSU, which is playing with house money now that Ed Orgeron does not have to worry about saving his job. Players can go out and perform freely with nothing to lose. LSU isn’t laboring under a cloud of uncertainty. The Tigers could be very dangerous when they come to Oxford. Ole Miss needs to be ready.

1 – Matt Corral’s health

Lane Kiffin was very cautious earlier in the week about Matt Corral’s health after his injury late in the Tennessee game. Ole Miss will need to make adjustments on offense, regardless of whether Corral plays. Using the ground game to set up the pass would be one thing the Rebels need to do. Getting the ball out quickly in the passing game and trusting receivers to make plays in open space is another obvious point of emphasis for Lane Kiffin’s offense.

2 – Load up the box and make LSU throw

Tyrion Davis-Price ran for 287 yards in LSU’s 49-42 win over Florida. The Gators’ defense imploded; Ole Miss will obviously want to avoid that fate. The Rebels need to show pride and toughness on defense, something they definitely did this past weekend in Knoxville by limiting Tennessee to just 26 points. Tennessee’s offense had run wild against Missouri and South Carolina in previous weeks. If Ole Miss plays defense the way it did versus Tennessee, that should be good enough for the Rebels. Max Johnson, LSU’s quarterback, threw for under 150 yards against Florida. Ole Miss needs to make LSU throw more and run less.

3 – Keep it fresh

Ole Miss’s last two games have both been emotionally exhausting and have gone down to the final play. Ole Miss could have a flat performance. It’s up to Kiffin and his staff to keep the locker room vibe light and fresh. Mental renewal is a part of a winning formula against LSU.

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