Mississippi Rebels (5-1) at Memphis Tigers (5-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 17, 2015, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Memphis Tigers +10.5 -- Over/Under: 68
The Memphis Tigers and the Ole Miss Rebels face off on Saturday in a college football battle of ranked teams.
The Memphis Tigers are off to a 5-0 start to the season and they are ranked 22nd in the country as they get ready to face their toughest test thus far. The Memphis offense is averaging 47.8 points and 541.2 yards per game and they have turned the ball over four times. Memphis QB Paxton Lynch has completed 70.6 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns without an interception and he has rushed for a touchdown. Jarvis Cooper and Sam Craft split carries in the Tigers backfield and each have four touchdowns and Mose Frazier leads in receptions with 21 and Phil Mayhue has 17 catches. The Memphis defense is allowing 26.8 points and 438.4 yards per game with four interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and eight sacks. Wyntin McManis and Reggis Ball each have 25 tackles, and Genard Avery has 22 tackles. If Memphis can get a win here they have a legitimate chance to be a BCS Buster.
The Ole Miss Rebels are ranked 12th in the nation and they bounced back from their first loss of the year by pasting New Mexico State on Saturday. The Ole Miss offense is averaging 46.8 points and 527.8 yards per game but they have turned the ball over 13 times. Rebels QB Chad Kelly has completed 64.4 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions and he has rushed for four touchdowns. The Mississippi rushing attack is led by Jaylen Walton who has 292 yards and three touchdowns and Laquon Treadwell has 35 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively Ole Miss is allowing 19.7 points and 337.5 yards per game with nine interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and nine sacks. Denzel Nkemdiche leads Ole Miss in tackles with 38, Trae Elston has 33 tackles and four interceptions, and Mike Hilton has 26 tackles. Ole Miss feels that If they can win out they should get into the playoff.
Memphis is 6-2-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 15-5-1 against the spread in their last 21 non-conference games, and 0-6-1 against the spread against the SEC. Ole Miss is 24-7-1 against the spread in their last 32 non-conference games, 2-5 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games.
This should be a high scoring affair and I expect Memphis to hang in there at home and get the cover but not the win.