The Ole Miss Rebels face a tough task on Saturday, when they’ll go into Death Valley and face an undefeated LSU squad.
The Rebels have an offense that can put up points on almost anyone (we won’t dock them too much for struggling against Alabama), but the Tigers have looked incredible so far this year.
Ahead of the Rebels’ Week 5 matchup, coach Matt Luke had some high praise for LSU, via a press release from the school:
“Watched them a lot last night and early this morning, trying to get a feel for them. They’re very good defensively. They’re good on all three levels of the defense. Good up front, really good linebackers, very long and very good in the secondary. They’re a very good defense. I think you’ve got to be very smart with the football. We have to protect the football. We need some high-percentage throws so we can get on schedule and get the rhythm that we need offensively.
“On offense, they’re big up front. I think Joe Burrow does a great job at managing the game. He’s a capable passer—can hit you vertically. They have two really big backs. They have Nick Brossette, and he’s 220 pounds. Then the other guy, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, he kind of reminds me of Scottie Phillips. He’s 5-9, 210 pounds, really active. He hit some big runs last week. Very good at running back. Then they have a good tight end who is a good blocker, then they’ll get him out on play action. We have to be disciplined with our eyes so we don’t lose him in man-to-man coverage in the run game when they throw their play action.”
The game kicks off at 9 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN, so the atmosphere in Baton Rouge should be crazy, too.
Can the Rebels pull off the upset? They’ll need all hands on deck to give themselves a chance.