Ole Miss football hosts South Carolina on Saturday in Oxford. Here are your three keys to a Gamecock victory.
By Don Yates
1. Pressure the QB
According to cfbstats.com South Carolina is 100th nationally in sacks allowed averaging three of those per game for a total of 18 for the season. The worst team in the nation in sacks allowed is Kansas which averages nearly 5 1/2 of those a game. Ole Miss’ defense has struggled some this season. However, the Rebel defense might be able to find some success against the Gamecocks by exploiting South Carolina’s tendency to allow sacks. Various blitzing schemes could be employed and fake blitz looks could lead to confusion for the South Carolina blockers and QB. This might be one way to minimize what the Gamecocks can do offensively.
2. More from Moore
Elijah Moore is one of the most dynamic players in the SEC. Moore is not a big player standing just 5-foot-9 and weighing in at 185 pounds. Moore makes up for his lack of size with his heart, quickness and field savey. Moore’s primary duty is slot wide receiver. However, in addition to his 61 receptions for six scores, he has also returned punts, made tackles and ran the ball. Moore isn’t superhuman but if you could get just a little bit more out of Moore you would have more scores and a better shot at winning.
3. Corral coasts
The success of a quarterback is one of the key indicators of a successful offense. If a quarterback is doing well it means he’s doing what he needs to do for the team but his teammates are also setting him up for success by blocking, making catches and so on. So far this season the sophomore Corral has been impressive. He’s completing almost 72 percent of his passes for over 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns. One area Corral needs to improve in is interceptions. He has had nine which is still not horrible for a second-year college player. If Corral can continue his impressive numbers and limit interceptions, the Rebels should wake up on Sunday morning with a 3-3 record.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). Watch this Ole Miss football game on the SEC Network.