Ole Miss Football Three Keys: Missouri

Ole Miss three keys

Ole Miss faces Missouri on Saturday in Columbia, MO. Here are your three keys to a Ole Miss win over Missouri.

Ole Miss faces Mizzou on Saturday after clubbing Vanderbilt 31-6 last time out. The Tigers are 4-1 and have bounced back well from a shocking early season loss at the hands of Wyoming.

Key 1 – Keep running the ball

The Rebels rushed for 400 yards last week against Vanderbilt. That is the first time the team has done so against an SEC opponent in 40 years. John Rhys Plumlee has been just the spark that the offense needed after some so-so performances to start the year. Plumlee went for 165 yards on the ground against Vanderbilt and he is a big-play threat because of his ability to explode for a score at any moment. It is classic Rich Rodriguez football and, for now at least, it is working well.

Key 2 – Pass the ball better

The downside of having a true freshman at quarterback is that Plumlee hasn’t quite figured out the passing side of the game yet. The new starter passed for just 99 yards on 10-of-18 through the air against Vanderbilt, numbers that won’t be good enough to beat better teams. It feels like Plumlee will have to go for 150 or so through the air here to keep the Mizzou defense honest and allow the rushing game to do its thing. The big thing though is to avoid mistakes and, specifically, throwing interceptions.

Key 3 – Stop Kelly Bryant

The Clemson graduate transfer is a quarterback that can take over a game at any moment. He is a dual-threat guy, one that has already led a team to a College Football Playoff berth in 2017, and his passer rating this season is off of the charts at 157.8. While he isn’t rushing the ball to the level he did at Clemson, Bryant is still making plays with his legs to keep defenses honest. The Ole Miss defense needs to be ready to shut down his running lanes, but also be in great position to stop late throws when Bryant is out of the pocket making things happen with his legs before hitting receivers downfield. This will be a tough balance to strike.

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:00 PM CT (7:00 PM ET). Watch on the ESPN2 Network.

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