Brian Kelly praises Ole Miss offense ahead of Saturday showdown vs. LSU

It’ll be a crucial clash on Saturday when LSU (5-2 overall, 3-1 in SEC play) hosts visiting No. 7 Ole Miss (7-0, 3-0). LSU coach Brian Kelly is well aware that in order to pull off an upset, stopping the explosive Ole Miss offense is paramount.

In his Thursday night press conference, Kelly was effusive in his praise for the shrewdness of offense guru Lane Kiffin. The Ole Miss coach is one of the most gifted offensive minds in the nation and Kelly is anticipating an epic chess match for this matchup.

Ole Miss is especially elite in the running game. Ole Miss ranks No. 3 in the nation in rushing yards per game (271.4). Quinshon Judkins (720 yards, 10 touchdowns) and Zach Evans (605 yards, 7 touchdowns) are the anchors of the rushing attack for Ole Miss.

LSU avoided a losing streak by beating Florida 45-35 in The Swamp.

LSU QB Jayden Daniels completed 23 of his 32 passes for 349 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions in the victory. Daniels was equally dynamic on the ground, as he rushed for 44 yards and 3 touchdowns as well.

Ole Miss is coming off a 48-34 home victory vs. Auburn. Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart completed 9 of his 19 passes for 130 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Ole Miss running back Quinshon Judkins rushed for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. Otis Reese led Ole Miss with 10 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and a sack.

LSU leads the all-time series 61-41-4 against Ole Miss. Ole Miss won last season’s meeting 31-17 in Oxford. LSU-Ole Miss is slated for a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff and will be televised on CBS.

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