Know Thy Enemy

Kentucky Wildcats vs Ole Miss Rebels

Kentucky & Ole Miss both come into this game at 4-0. Neither team has had a tough schedule thus far, unless you count Kentucky beating Florida in the swamp, who was ranked #12 at the time, but haven’t lived up to that ranking this year. So what has Ole Miss done to get the #14 ranking this year? They beat Troy, Central Arkansas, shut out Georgia Tech & beat Tulsa in a close game last week.

Jaxson Dart – QB

Jaxson Dart was part of the QB carousel with the new transfer rules in NCAA Football. He transferred from USC, this season he’s thrown for 697 yards with 5 TDs & 2 INTs. Not exactly the typical Lane Kiffin offense. He has been somewhat efficient with the limited numbers though completing 62% of his passes. But the Ole Miss offense this season has been led by their ground game.

Zach Evans – RB

One thing Kentucky & Ole Miss both did in their turnarounds is hit the transfer portal hard. Zach Evans transferred into Ole Miss from TCU & took a lead back role by the horns. Evans hit the ground running against Troy for 130 yards as well as having a big game against Georgia Tech for 134 yards & 2 TDs.

Quinshon Judkins – RB

Ole Miss also utilizes true freshman RB Quinshon Judkins who rushed for 140 yards last week against Tulsa, Ole Miss has a 2 headed monster in the backfield.

Jonathan Mingo – WR

the senior WR is 6’2 225 is the leading receiver for the Rebels. His best game came against Central Arkansas, but Kentucky could have their hands full with his size.

Ole Miss defense

The real star of the Ole Miss Rebels this season is the defense, the rebels utilize a unique defense they have a 3-2-6 base defense meaning 3 down lineman, 2 LBs & 6 players in the secondary, including 3 safeties to help limit the deep ball passes. All of their top tacklers are LBs & Safeties, so the DL excels at holding up blocks helping them make plays in space. They don’t force a ton of turnovers or make a lot of sacks, but they are sound defensively that keep teams from moving the chains.

Bottom Line

The 7th ranked Kentucky Wildcats take their pro-style offense on the road to Oxford Mississippi to take on the 14th ranked Ole Miss Rebels. It’s their toughest test yet even though they beat Florida in the swamp earlier this season. Led by Will Levis the offense has been able to pass well but struggled on the ground whilst trying to replace 3 offensive lineman that left for the NFL; however, they welcome back Chris Rodriguez Jr to help out in that aspect this week. The Rebels offense have been great on the ground this season; however, the Kentucky defense is by far the best they’ve played all season. The chess match between defensive coordinator Brad White & head coach Lane Kiffin should be fun to watch, Ole Miss & Kentucky kick off at noon on Saturday so the wildcats may not be the only opponent for Ole Miss that morning. It should be fun to watch & see which of these teams takes the step up in their divisions.


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