The Ole Miss Rebels will travel to Razorback Stadium to play the University of Arkansas this week. Both teams are 1-2 on the season and will look to get back to .500 ball. Ole Miss has one of the most prolific offenses in the country as they rank second in total yards per game (573) and fourth in passing yards per game (380.7) behind sophomore quarterback Matt Corral, who leads the country in QBR with 95.6 so far. Arkansas has more of a balanced attack on the offensive side as Razorbacks quarterback senior Feleipe Franks has the 13th-highest QBR this year at 78.6 with only two interceptions.
Ole Miss plays more of a shootout type of ballgame while Arkansas has more of a traditional level of play. The Rebels muster up 240 more yards a game and are an exciting team to watch if you are a fan of seeing the ball move a lot. It will be a nice contrast in ideologies with how these two teams differ as Mississippi State plays more of a Big 12-esque style. What are some of the most critical factors of this game?
Moore Passes PleaseThere are a lot of beautiful things about the game of football, especially at the collegiate level. One of the prettiest is the ability for a receiver to dominate a defensive back and make a spectacular catch. Junior wide receiverElijah Mooresits third in the nation with 462 receiving yards and is tied for fourth with 31 receptions. He is proving to be a big-time receiver with an inexperienced quarterback in sophomore Matt Corral. Moss is averaging 43 percent of the Rebels’ receiving yards this season and is getting his name on a lot of people’s draft boards if he declares for the NFL.
Surprisingly, he has just one touchdown reception this season and only nine in 134 career receptions. It should be a focal point for the bulk of the targets to head Moore’s way as he had 227 yards on ten catches against the Gators and 143 yards on 11 catches against Alabama. It will be incredible if he can continue on the pace he is setting, and it makes the quarterback position a lot easier when you have options like Elijah Moore to throw to.
Just Don’t Even Try to Break TacklesSome people just have the ability to shut down big plays on the defensive side, especially in the secondary. Redshirt freshman defensive backJalen Catalonhas that trait as he is tied for the second-most solo tackles with 26 so far this season. He also has a pair of pass deflections and a forced fumble under his belt through the first three games of the year. He could be lining up against Elijah Moore, and that would be the matchup for everyone to keep their eyes on.
Catalon has the ability to find the ball quickly and make sure the defense isn’t allowing big plays. He finished last week against Auburn with a season-high ten solo tackles. Each week, he has increased the number of solo tackles and total tackles. It’ll be interesting to see how Ole Miss attempts to counter Catalon and if they can figure out a way to limit his imprint on the game.
- Arkansas: 5-0 ATS in their last 5 conference games
- Arkansas: 5-0 ATS last 5 as an underdog.
- Ole Miss: 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games on fieldturf
- Ole Miss: 2-6 ATS last 8 after a SU win