Rapid Reaction: LSU beats Ole Miss 41-35

NCAA Football: Ole Miss at LSU

It was a wild game in Baton Rouge with Ole Miss giving LSU everything they wanted, but Les Miles’ Tigers did enough late to win the game and move to a 9-2 record.

What It Means: LSU stays in contention for a BCS bowl. Assuming the Tigers finish 10-2, it’ll likely be between LSU and the Aggies for the SEC’s second BCS Bowl. Moreover, LSU can still win the SEC West if Alabama somehow loses to Auburn in next week’s Iron Bowl. Ole Miss moves to a 5-6 record – they need a win in the Egg Bowl to get to bowl eligibility.

What I Liked: While a somewhat sloppy game, the two things that stand out are Zach Mettenberger’s arm and the big play for both teams. Mett didn’t play the best game (22 of 37, 281 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT) but he has an absolute cannon. If you watch him play, you’ll see in a hurry how well he can sling the ball. The other key play of the game was Odell Beckham’s punt return which tied the game at 35-35 in the 4th quarter. RB Jeremy Hill turned in another solid performance with 3 TD’s.

On the Ole Miss side, they can put up points with the big play. They aren’t the most efficient offense or the most consistent, but they do a great job of getting big plays. Bo Wallace had some big plays including a 58-yard touchdown run to start the game, but he also does a great job of keeping the play alive to connect to some of his playmakers like Moncrief and Mackey.

What I Didn’t Like: It was a sloppy with game with a number of turnovers. Both teams combined for 7 turnovers. Moreover, the Ole Miss offense needs more consistency. Wallace’s 15 of 36 passing is hardly efficient. Ole Miss struggles to put long drives together, but part of that is also a function of relying on the big play.

LSU’s defense had a good game plan for the Ole Miss offense. They employed a bend, but don’t break type of scheme, and it worked well except for some missed tackling which enabled some big plays. The game plan was good; the execution was lacking at times.

Key Play: The Beckham punt return was huge. It flipped the momentum in the 4th quarter and tied the game at 35 allowing LSU to win the game on their final drive.

What’s Next: Ole Miss takes on in-state rival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl next Saturday. LSU plays Arkansas on Friday.

Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE



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  • Maybe I’m missing something, and it’s a good bet I am, but can someone plz explain to me why it’s LSU/TAMU everyone is expecting to pick up the second BCS spot for the SEC? Y not UF?

    BCS Bowl Games are as follows:
    1. BCS Championship Game
    #1 vs. #2
    2. Tositos Fiesta Bowl (Glendale)
    BCS/Big 12 #1 vs. BCS At-Large
    3. Sugar Bowl (N. Orleans)
    BCS/SEC #1 vs. BCS At-Large
    4. Orange Bowl (Miami)
    BCS/ACC #1 vs. BCS At-Large
    5. Rose Bowl (Pasedena)
    BCS/Big 10 #1 vs. BCS/Pac 12 #1

    Now this is a BIG IF, but if all goes as expected (SEC teams win out, with exception to UGA losing to Bama in SECCG) and UF beats FSU (I know that’s a big if with how UF’s been playing on Offense, but hey, we’ve beat better teams), that leaves only Bama and UF with 1 loss. That would have the Gators beating FOUR Top 10 BCS teams. Not Top 25, but FOUR out of the top 10, UF has won those games.

    So my question is, why is UF not getting any love for a BCS Bowl? Does the BCS send the teams to the bowl games by ranking, or is the just for the BCSCG? Does the Bowl Game get a say who plays in their stadium (i.e does the committee for the Sugar Bowl get to say who plays)? If the latter is the case, then I can understand why UF isn’t getting any love. But if that’s not the case, and the Gators beat the nasty ‘Noles… then why not send them to a BCS Bowl game. I mean geographically speaking, Miami would greatly benefit monetarily from a FL team playing there. TAMU would go to Arlington for the Cotton Bowl (I know not a BCS Game but it takes TAMU out of BCS discussion, there will be the #3/4 best team in the conference, by SEC standings after the SECCG with UGA losing to Bama.)
    This is all dependent on KSU and Oregon winning out. If that happens, I see Bama in the Sugar Bowl, with good reason. I just don’t see how a 1 loss SEC teams gets left out of a BCS At-Large bid or gets jumped by a 2 loss SEC team.

    • Well, the at-large team doesn’t have to be the highest ranked team available. The only criteria is:
      A. Has won at least nine regular-season games, and
      B. Is among the top 14 teams in the final BCS Standings.
      The problem is Florida has looked very mediocre in 4 straight games. Most don’t expect them to beat Florida State. If they do, they’ll absolutely be in the discussion and probably the front runner for that 2nd BCS slot.

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