5 burning questions, prediction with an Ole Miss writer

Friday, October 6, 2017

5 burning questions, prediction with an Ole Miss writer

No. 12 Auburn (4-1, 2-0 SEC) will host Ole Miss (2-2, 0-1 SEC) at 11 a.m. CT Saturday on SEC Network.

We reached out to Jackson Clarion-Ledger reporter Antonio Morales to get some insight on the Rebels.

You can follow him on Twitter (@AntonioCMorales) for more Ole Miss info.

Here are our five burning questions:

1) Any concerns for Ole Miss about after effects of the blowout loss to Alabama?

Morales: Yeah, not from a physical standpoint though. This team hasn't handled on-field adversity well these past few seasons, so it'll be interesting to see how they respond mentally, especially after such an embarrassing loss.

2) What is Ole Miss emphasizing on offense this week?

Morales: "Simplify" has been the buzzword of the week. So playing faster and limiting reads seems to be the emphasis offensively, according to players and coaches.

3) How concerned is Ole Miss with Auburn's defense?

Morales: I don't know if Ole Miss is concerned about Auburn's defense as much as it is about its own issues. The Rebels have scored three points in the past six quarters and haven't been sustaining drives. They went 0-for-13 on third down against Alabama, haven't protected Shea Patterson well lately and just aren't in a rhythm.

4) How does Wesley McGriff believe his knowledge of Auburn can help Ole Miss?

Morales: He said he knows it'll help in terms of familiarity with the skillset and mindset of certain players when he comes up with the game plan. But then he followed that up by saying they'll reduce the game plan this week in order to reduce the load on his players. So who knows if it plays much a role.

5) How do you see things playing out, and what's your final score prediction?

Morales: I think Auburn will dominate both sides of the line of scrimmage, so I see this game playing out much like the Tigers' win over Mississippi State. Ole Miss is a 21-point underdog, but it's hard to imagine it covering that. 44-7, Auburn.

from Auburn Sports Impact

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