The struggling Ole Miss Rebels will look to both, snap out of the funk they’ve been in recently while simultaneously bringing the Auburn Tigers’ winning streak to an emphatic halt.
Now, let’s find out if the Rebels can pull off the upset or cover the college football betting odds as a slight home dog.
Analyzing The College Football Tigers At Rebels Week 9 Expert Predictions
When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:15 PM ET
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
TV: SEC Network
Live Stream: NCAA Live
The Line: Ole Miss Rebels +2
Ole Miss has dropped two straight and got completely humbled in their 38-21 Week 8 loss to LSU while never coming close to covering the college football betting line as an 8.5-point underdog. Ole Miss is averaging a stellar 37.0 points per game to rank 25th nationally as gifted quarterback Chad Kelly has completed 62.0 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Kelly has added 269 rushing yards and three touchdowns while running back Akeem Judd has rushed for a team-high 382 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Even Engram leads the Rebels with 40 catches and five touchdown grabs. Defensively, Ole Miss Rebels are giving up an overly generous 31.4 points per game to rank 89th nationally. Demarquis Gates leads Ole Miss with a team-high 44 tackles and Marquis Haynes has racked up a team-high five sacks. Overall, the rebels have six interceptions, six fumble recoveries and 14 sacks.
Auburn has won four straight and pounded Arkansas unmercifully en route to a stunning 56-3 blowout win over Arkansas to easily cover the spread as a 10.5-point favorite in their biggest SEC win in school history. The Tigers are averaging a stellar 35.7 points per game to rank 32nd in scoring as quarterback Sean White has completed a blistering 68.5 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and just two interceptions.
Running back Kamryn Pettway leads the Auburn rushing attack with 697 yards and six touchdowns while fellow back Kerryon Johnson has rushed for 538 yards and six scores. Wide receiver Tony Stevens has racked up a team-high 24 receptions and three touchdowns.
Defensively, the Tigers re limiting their opponents to just 14.1 points per game to rank a fantastic third nationally. The Tigers have recorded four interceptions, six fumble recoveries and 18 sacks. Tre’ Williams leads the Tigers defense with a team-high 43 tackles and Carl Lawson has a team-high 6.5 sacks.
Expert Prediction and Pick
I love Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly and have a high regard for underrated head coach Hugh Freeze, but there’s no way the Rebels are getting the outright home upset or ATS cover against the red-hot Tigers. While Ole Miss has gone 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six home games, the Rebels are also just 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games against Auburn and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home dates against the Tigers.
Conversely, Auburn has compiled a near-perfect 7-1 ATS mark in their last eight games while also going 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Tigers are simply the better team in all three phases and will win this game outright to cover the college football betting line with room to spare!