Ole Miss vs. Arkansas: Prediction and preview
Ole Miss vs. Arkansas is an important matchup for both SEC West teams, albeit for different reasons. The Week 12 showdown in Fayetteville is expected to be a chilly affair and will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on the SEC Network.
Ole Miss vs. Arkansas preview
As previously mentioned, this game is big for different reasons. Arkansas enters the matchup with a 5-5 record, so a win over the Rebels would clinch bowl eligibility for the Hogs and take some pressure off of next Friday’s rivalry game vs. Mizzou.
For Ole Miss, the chance to win 10 regular-season games for the second year in a row (and only the second time in school history) is alive and well. Even though the Rebels came up short of winning the SEC West, winning 10 games in the regular season to set themselves up for another New Year’s 6 bowl trip would be huge for Lane Kiffin’s squad.
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One thing is for sure when these teams meet up on Saturday night — there will be plenty of running. Ole Miss leads the SEC with 259.6 rushing yards per game. That’s good for No. 3 nationally, behind only Air Force and Army.
Meanwhile, Arkansas has the SEC’s No. 3 rushing attack, putting up 223.3 yards per game on the ground (just a shade behind No. 2 Florida’s 225.7 yards per game).
This game also features the SEC’s only 2 1,000-yard rushers thus far. Ole Miss’s Quinshon Judkins has the lead over Arkansas’s Rocket Sanders entering this game, 1,169 yards (and 15 touchdowns) to 1,147 yards (and 7 touchdowns).
We should see plenty of carries for both guys as they battle it out for the SEC rushing title this year. Establishing the run sets up Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson and Ole Miss QB Jaxson Dart, both of whom are capable of making big plays on the ground and through the air.
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Whichever team controls the line of scrimmage and opens holes for its running backs while limiting the damage done by the opponent’s rushing attack will have the best chance to win this matchup.
Ole Miss vs. Arkansas prediction
Ole Miss is clearly the better team this season. The only losses the Rebels have suffered thus far in 2022 are to SEC West champion LSU and a tough Alabama squad. Look for Quinshon Judkins to once again carry the load offensively for Ole Miss, while Jaxson Dart makes a couple of plays with his arm and a couple more with his legs to lead the Rebels to win No. 9.
Prediction: Ole Miss 34, Arkansas 24