#3 Mississippi (4-0, 2-0) at #25 Florida (4-0, 2-0)
When: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
Time: 7:00 ET
TV: ESPN Radio: XM 192
The Ole Miss Rebels and Florida Gators will meet for the first time in 7 years on Saturday in Gainesville. Mississippi finds itself undefeated and ranked 3rd in the nation thanks to a 43-37 at Alabama two weeks ago. They suffered a little bit of a let down last week as they were tied with Vanderbilt in the 3rd quarter before pulling away. Quarterback Chad Kelly has led the Rebels offense to the top of the SEC in terms of total yards and points. Kelly threw two interceptions last week against Vandy, but overall has 10 touchdowns and only 3 picks. Senior running back Jaylen Walton finally got into the mix offensively last week running for 133 yards on 21 carries. Ole Miss is actually ranked 2nd in the Nation with 54.8 points a game. Defensively, the lead the SEC in takeaways (10) and interceptions (7). Getting off to quick starts has been common for Ole Miss. They have outscored opponents 65-3 in the first quarter.
The Gators come in undefeated, but ranked only 25th and are looking for that signature win to climb the rankings. They were down 27-14 last week in the second half to Tennessee, but rallied to win 28-27 and set up this matchup of undefeated teams. The quarterback position is still not set in Gainesville. Freshman Will Grier still hasn’t locked up the starting quarterback job, according to coach Jim McElwain, despite passing for a career-high 283 yards and throwing 2 touchdowns in the comeback win over Tennessee last week. McElwain said Wednesday that Grier (725 yards, 6 TDs, 3 INTs) will make his fourth straight start but Treon Harris also could see action. Harris missed the last two games while serving a suspension. He’s 19-of-27 for 269 yards and 2 touchdowns this year. A win would be huge for Florida today as they play their next 3 games on the road at Missouri, LSU, and Georgia.
I don’t look at last week’s effort against Vanderbilt and issue for Ole Miss. It was simply a let-down game. They are far more superior offensively than Florida. The Gators do have the 22nd ranked defense in the Nation, but they really haven’t played a good offense yet. They will be tested today.
Pick: Ole Miss -7