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Daniels: Key to Winning Against New Mexico State is Scoring Early

Photo by Samantha Mitchell
Photo by Samantha Mitchell

The Rebels return home to Oxford this Saturday to face the New Mexico State Aggies, and hopefully, they will get some of their cohesiveness back.

Ole Miss will look to bounce back in a very winnable game following a tough 38-10 defeat to Florida in Gainesville. This New Mexico State team has yet to win a game as they are 0-4 on the season with 34 points being the least they have given up in a single game thus far.

Despite the 0-4 record for the New Mexico State Aggies, they can put up points in bunches. The Aggies’ offense is averaging a little over 30 points per game and most of that is centered around the running back Larry Rose III. Rose had a career game in their last outing against the New Mexico Lobos rushing 21 times for 260 yards and three touchdowns.

In last week’s performance, Chad Kelly struggled a bit. He went 26/40 for just 259 yards through the air with a touchdown and an interception. Chad Kelly also led the Rebels in rushing statistics as he had 15 carries for 40 yards.

The Rebels have rushed in triple figures in all three games inside of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium while they have yet to crack triple figures in either game in the rushing department on the road. This has to be a game that will boost our offense’s confidence and get the ground game going.

The Rebels have had some pivotal injuries in a number of positions but the receiving corps is one that hasn’t been hit by the injury bug. We should see almost all the starters and backups get a shot in at receiver. Last week, it was Laquon Treadwell who led the way in the receiving category with five receptions for 42 yards. Markell Pack was on the receiving end of the only touchdown of the day for the Rebel offense last week.

The Rebels’ defense has been banged up by some tough injuries and losses this season but this should be a game where we can give everyone some reps and try to solidify who will fill the holes of C.J. Johnson and Tee Shepard. The Rebels simply need to get the rushing game stopped and come after the Aggie offense with the pass rush.

The key to the Rebels grabbing this victory is scoring early and often to put this one away around halftime. Scoring points should not be a problem for Ole Miss as they have scored a combined 74.5 points against non-conference opponents. To add to that, this New Mexico State defense is giving up 45.8 points per game being the third worst in the FBS.

My Pick: Ole Miss over New Mexico State 66-10

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