Memphis Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels Preview
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium – Oxford, Mississippi
When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 12:00 PM ET
Line: Georgia Bulldogs (+14.5) at Ole Miss Rebels (-14.5) – view all NCAA Football odds and lines
Writer’s Pick: Ole Miss Rebels (-14.5)
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Betting on the Memphis Tigers (+14.5)
The Memphis Tigers are fresh-off an absolute laugher against Bowling Green State, obliterating the Falcons, 77-3. Quarterback Riley Ferguson did what we he was supposed to do: produce crazy numbers. He went 20-of-27 for 359 yards and six touchdowns. It’s good for the team’s morale, this next game will be good for the team’s growth.
In facing the heavily-favored sixteenth-ranked Ole Miss, which undoubtedly is the best team they have faced this season, they have to use everything in their arsenal… and more. Expect Ferguson to look for receiver Anthony Miller, the Tigers’ top guy in receptions (17), receiving yards (274), and yards from scrimmage (324).
Running backs Patrick Taylor (219 yards, 8.8 yards per carry) and Doroland Dorceus (179 yards, 6 yards per carry) will have to shine as well. They must continue hammering through defenses like they did in the past three games.
The Tigers’ defense has been doing its part well, as they only allow 186 yards from scrimmage per contest (4 yards per play). As mentioned, though, Ole Miss is a way different animal than the ones they’ve previously faced.
Memphis is 8-2 SU (6-3-1 ATS) in its last 10 road games.
Betting on the Ole Miss Rebels (-14.5)
Don’t let the 2-2 record fool you. The Rebels have real talent and those two losses were competitive games against powerhouse teams (Florida State and Alabama). Week 5’s home game is bound to be an easy win; should they lose to Memphis, it will be a candidate for upset of the year.
Leading the Rebels offense is quarterback Chad Kelly. In four games this season, the senior has thrown for 12 TDs, all while averaging 308 passing yards per game on 14.5 yards per completion. The QB is sure to continue feeding the ball to tight end Evan Engram, Kelly’s primary receiver, who’s netting 6.5 receptions and 99 yards per game. With the TE likely to attract multiple defenders, the team’s number two receiver, Damore’ea Stringfellow, can be getting open looks. The receiver is gaining 15 yards per reception and has two TDs this season.
The Rebels will have to improve their run defense, as they are allowing 239 rushing yards per game (5 yards per carry). With Memphis having two good runners, Ole Miss has to be ready for a possible run-heavy offense.
Ole Miss is 8-2 SU (7-3 ATS) in their last 10 games at home.
Ole Miss blows out Memphis, 40-21.
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