Ole Miss vs Kentucky predictions, game preview, how to watch. Fifth week, Saturday 1 October
Ole Miss vs Kentucky How to watch
Date: Saturday October 1
Playing time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Foot Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
How to watch: ESPN
Record: Ole Miss (4-0), Kentucky (4-0)
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Ole Miss vs Kentucky Game Preview
Why does Kentucky win?
Wild cats have their man back.
They managed to get to 4-0 without any running game, but Will Leavis plays like the pro quarterback he is, holds on to the defense, and…
2.4 yards per carry for the 123rd ranked ground game in the country. That is about to change with Chris Rodriguez returning after missing the first month due to an off-court issue.
1,379 yards, nine touchdowns last year would have fed the ball straight away against an Ole Miss defense that was better, but moved for 262 yards in a very close 35-27 fight against Tulsa.
Give Rodriguez a little time to get back into shape, but if he can do it anythingLevis will explode.
Why wins Ole Miss
Ole Miss’s offense can work a bit too.
The USC move QB Jaxson Dart was solid, but it’s the ground game that took possession over the course of the first month with SEC-Best 281 yards per game with great spin.
Kentucky is strong against running and should prevent the Dart from taking off, but it has to deal with a passing attack for the first time all season.
The Rebels will do what they do on the ground, but as long as Dart is able to hit 60% and ramp up on the third defeats, he will knock the UK out of his game.
There’s little pressure generated by the Wildcat lane rush, the offensive line lights up Levis, and…
What will happen
No, really, can Kentucky handle a scrolling game?
Nothing against Anthony Richardson, but he has yet to arrive with his consistency – the UK has come up with the top six selection needed to beat Florida.
No, really, can the Ole Miss handle a ground attack?
Georgia Tech doesn’t really count, and last week’s Tulsa Day was a little worrisome.
Both teams will try to control the tempo, and both teams will do what they do when attacking, but…
The Ole Miss’s defense – as refined as it may be – won’t come too late.
UK Back Domain will pull this off.
Ole Miss vs Kentucky Prediction, Line
Kentucky 30, Ole Miss 26
Font: Ole Miss -6.5, o/u: 54.5
ATS confidence of 5:2
Must see Ole Miss vs Kentucky rating (out of 5): 4