LSU-Mississippi Preview Capsule

No. 17 LSU (7-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference, No. 15 CFP) at No. 25 Mississippi (7-3, 4-2, No. 22 CFP), 2:30 p.m. (CBS)

Line: Ole Miss by 4.

Series Record: LSU leads 59-40-4.


Ole Miss still has some hope of winning of the SEC’s Western Division but must win its last two games and get some help. LSU is trying to right its season after back-to-back losses to Alabama and Arkansas knocked them out of national playoff and SEC title contention.


LSU’s defense vs. Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly. The Rebels have the SEC’s top scoring offense that averages a little more than 40 points per game. LSU’s defense hasn’t been quite as formidable as in some years and ranks eighth out of 14 teams in passing yards allowed.


LSU: RB Leonard Fournette looked like he was chugging toward the Heisman Trophy with seven straight games of 100-plus yards rushing to start the season. But he’s been only average in losses against Alabama and Arkansas, with just 31 yards on the ground against the Tide and 91 against the Razorbacks.

Mississippi: DT Robert Nkemdiche. The 6-foot-4, 296-pound junior will have his hands full in the middle of the field dealing with LSU’s offensive line and Fournette.


Ole Miss is the only other team in the SEC Western Division that could go to the league title game besides Alabama. The Rebels have to win their final two games and then Alabama must lose to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. … The Rebels need just 36 points to break the school’s single-season scoring record of 442, which was set in 2003. That was QB Eli Manning’s final year with Ole Miss. … LSU needs one more win to reach eight victories for the 16th straight season. … LSU has allowed just 17 points in the first quarter all season.

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