Cats Key Player
There’s no doubt that last week’s win was attributed to two things; Benny Snell and the defense. Jordan Jones played a big part in the defensive dominance last week during the second half. He had 13 total tackles, 2 TFL, and 1 sack. He was an absolute monster last week, and if the Cats have any chance of beating the Rebels they’ll need Jordan Jones to play at an even higher level.
Rebels Key Player
Aj Brown has been a monster this year. He has 6 touchdowns this season, and he’s obviously Ole Miss’s go to deep guy. With the new quarterback in, Jordan Ta’amu, he’s going to be targeting Brown a lot. Ta’amu has proven that he can pass the ball, throwing for over 400 yards last week. AJ Brown has to step up big time to beat the Cats.
Game Preview and Analysis
After coming off a big win against the Volunteers, Kentucky looks like they’re ready to finish this season off strong. Getting a win over Ole Miss would be a huge step for this team and this program as a whole.
In order for that to happen, they have to make sure they game plan well. Ole Miss is a bit of a tricky team this year. They’re 3-5, but those losses include teams like Alabama, LSU, and Auburn. They’re offense can be explosive at times, and their defense isn’t awful. Not to mention, they have a team full of athletic, talented players.
Ole Miss has never been an easy win for Kentucky. The Rebels are 27-14 overall against the Cats, so they’ve always been looked at as the better team. Well, here’s what it’s going to take for Kentucky to beat the Rebels:
- Defense. The Cats are ranked in the top half of the SEC in total defense. To say that this is an improvement is an understatement. Kentucky has always struggled matching up on D against SE opponents, but this year things have changed. If they want to win this game, they’re going to have to play big on defense.
- Benny Snell. Benny had a monster game last week. Gaining over 180 yards in the game and 3 touchdowns is what we thought we might see this season from Snell. Granite, that’ll be an outlier game, but it doesn’t mean that won’t push him back to where he belongs. Getting over a hundred yards and a touchdown or two is where he needs to be in order for Kentucky to pull this game out.
This game IS NOT going to be easy. The Rebels have an explosive offense that can go off at any time. Kentucky has to make sure they’re prepared for all of the Ole Miss firepower they’re going to see on Saturday.
I’m taking the Cats in a close one, 31-24. If Kentucky manages to get this one, they’ll be sitting at 7-2 on their way to Nashville next week. This program can continue to make strides this season, and it starts with Ole Miss on Saturday.