Mississippi @ LSU College Football Week 8 Picks
This crucial SEC West NCAA football odds matchup is a must-win for whichever of these contenders wants to try and pry that conference crown out of the fingers of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Chad Kelly returns to lead the Ole Miss offense, but the LSU attack will once again feature the rumbling attack of Leonard Fournette carrying the football.
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Why should you bet on the Ole Miss Rebels?
The Rebels had the #8 scoring attack in the nation last year, so offense is not a problem. While LSU loves the run, Ole Miss can put points up in a hurry with their big passing game. Their defense was fairly stout last year, but Robert Nkemdiche is now in the NFL. There is a decent interior rotation, along with Marquis Haynes to bring pressure from the outside. The linebackers could be bigger hitters, but they are fast. If the line can bring pressure from all four spots, they could make life rough for Fournette and the LSU rushing attack.
Why should you put your money on the LSU Tigers?
When LSU is carrying the ball and moving the ball up and down the field, no one can stop them. When LSU routed Auburn last year, they had three different running backs averaging over EIGHT YARDS PER CARRY. That’s a pretty fearsome offensive display. If the LSU line (which returns a solid talent base) can open holes for Fournette & Company, Kelly won’t even be able to get the Ole Miss offense on the field. The Rebels don’t have the sort of rushing defense that can make LSU drop back and pass (which is when bad things happen for the Tigers).
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I’m pretty surprised at the size of this line. I’m not sure that Ole Miss can come into Baton Rouge and leave with a win, but they did beat Alabama last year, and they saw how to beat LSU in the second half of the season last year. I’m predicting a 28-24 LSU win (so a cover for Ole Miss).