Ole Miss Football First Look: Kentucky

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Ole Miss football meets Kentucky on Saturday in Oxford. Here is your first look at Kentucky.

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Kentucky Season So Far

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/03 Miami (OH) W 37-13 Home
09/10 Florida W 26-16 Away
09/17 Youngstown State W 31-0 Home
09/24 N Illinois W 31-23 Home
10/01 Mississippi 12:00 pm Away
10/08 S Carolina 8:00 pm Home
10/15 Miss State 8:00 pm Home
10/29 Tennessee 8:00 pm Away
11/05 Missouri 1:00 pm Away
11/12 Vanderbilt 12:00 pm Home
11/19 Georgia 12:00 pm Home
11/26 Louisville 12:00 pm Home

Key Stats (per game)

Stat Kentucky Ole Miss
Scoring Offense 31.2 41.0
Scoring Defense 13.0 10.0
Total Offense 377.8 488.0
Rushing Offense 81.5 280.8
Passing Offense 296.2 207.2
Team Passing Eff. 174.0 143.0
Total Defense 272.0 312.5
Rushing Defense 108.2 119.2
Pass Yards Allowed 163.8 193.2
Team Pass Eff. Def. 97.97 103.33
Turnover Margin -0.50 0.25

Kentucky Injuries and Suspensions

[DE] Sam Anaele (Undisclosed) – Questionable
[RB] Chris Rodriguez Jr. (Suspension) – Out
[RB] Ramon Jefferson (Knee) – Out

Source: statfox.com

Challenges for Ole Miss

Mark Stoops has built a strong program at Kentucky. The Wildcats recruit tough, rugged players who wear down their opponents. Watching this game where Stoops matches wits with Lane Kiffin should be interesting. This season the Wildcats are relying much more on the pass. Last season the Cats ran for over 200 yards per game. This season that number has dropped to about 80 yards rushing a contest. The Wildcats average almost 300 yards passing per game. Will Levis is the reason for the increased passing focus by the Cats. This season the transfer from Penn State has a 67 percent completion rate for over 1,185 yards, 10 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Levis’ 174.0 pass efficiency is third best in the SEC.

Kentucky’s defense is strong for the Wildcats with solid national rankings in both passing defense (33rd) and rushing defense (17th). Linebacker Jordan Wright has 16 tackles including four tackles for losses. Wright also has an interception.

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). Watch this SEC football game on the ESPN Network.

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