Betting OddsPoint Spread: Bulldogs -2
Louisiana Tech is 5-4 (4-1 in the WAC) while Ole Miss is 2-7 (0-6 in the SEC).
Louisiana Tech is on a roll as QB Colby Cameron has been a big improvement over injured QB Nick Isham. Cameron has led the team to three-straight victories while completing 60% of his passes and has a 6-0 TD/INT ratio. The Rebels are young on defense and also have to contend with the running of RB Lennon Creer (191-815-9). Cameron has been helped by the presence of WR Quinton Patton (61-886-9), whose 61 catches are more than double anyone else on the team. He gives Cameron a go-to threat.
Mississippi’s offense hasn’t been good but it has been especially awful at home. They rank 117th in rushing at home and 113th in passing at home, both near the bottom of the FBS. Mediocre QB play has hurt them and they don’t have a receiver with more than 23 catches on the year. The lone bright spot is tiny RB Jeff Scott (109-503-6) but at only 5’7”, 175 lbs, he can’t take a lot of punishment. Conversely, the Bulldogs rank 14th in run defense and 20th in yards-per-rush allowed in the nation.
Mississippi HC Houston Nutt is leaving at the end of the season and not a moment too soon. The Rebels are a young, undisciplined team that also lacks direction. Louisiana Tech has been very competitive in two narrow losses to Houston and Southern Mississippi (total of three points), two teams in the Top 25. They also lost in OT to Mississippi State. The Bulldogs aren’t used to going into the SEC and being a road favorite but we like them to get a big win in this contest.
Take the Bulldogs -2