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LSU vs. Ole Miss: Game Preview and 9Picks Prediction

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

LSU will begin its toughest stretch of the year Saturday night against Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium.

The Rebels will be the first of five ranked SEC opponents the Tigers will face to finish the 2016 season.

Although Ole Miss has a disappointing 3-3 overall record, 1-3 in the SEC, they are a very dangerous opponent.

Wins: Wofford (38-13), Georgia (45-14), Memphis (48-28)
Losses: Florida State (45-34), Alabama (48-43), Arkansas (34-30)

THE STATISTICAL MATCHUP:

PER GAME LSU OLE MISS
Scoring Offense 28.5 39.7
Rushing Offense 228.0 156.7
Passing Offense 180.5 320.0
Total Offense 408.5 476.7
Scoring Defense 14.0 30.3
Rushing Defense 103.7 215.3
Passing Defense 208.3 233.2
Total Defense 312.0 448.5

Players to watch for the Rebels:

OFFENSIVE LEADERS:

Quarterback: 
Chad Kelly has completed 133 of 213 passes for 1,849 yards. He has thrown 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Kelly has also rushed the ball 52 times for 213 yards and three touchdowns. 

Running Backs:
Akeem Judd has run the ball 67 times for 343 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging 5.1 yards per carry and 57.2 yards per game. 

Eugene Brazley has 31 carries for 201 yards and two touchdowns this season.  

Wide Receivers:
Evan Engram: 37 receptions for 590 yards and five touchdowns. Engram is averaging 15.9 yards per catch and 98.3 yards per game.

D. Stringfellow: 22 receptions for 331 yards and two touchdowns. Stringfellow averages 15.0 per catch and 55.2 yards per game.

Van Jefferson: 22 catches for 260 yards and a touchdown. His longest reception for the year is 44 yards. 

DEFENSIVE LEADERS:
Zedrick Woods leads the team with 39 total tackles. The defensive back also has two tackles for loss and two interceptions this season.

Marquis Haynes has four sacks, six tackles for loss and one interception. 

DeMarquis Gates has 37 total tackles, three tackles for loss and three sacks.  

KEYS TO THE GAME:
LSU's offense needs to help the defense out by moving the chains and the clock, keeping the Rebels offense off the field.

Danny Etling has to hit the deep pass when available. 

Once again, the offensive line needs to stay healthy. 

The Rebels are averaging 477 yards of offense per game and just under 40 points per game. The defense needs to make the play on third down, not allowing the Rebels offense to get in a rhythm.

Buckle your seat belts, the wild ride is about to begin:?
9 Picks Prediction: LSU 31, Ole Miss 24

LSU and Ole Miss will kickoff in Tiger Stadium Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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