No. 14 Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2) and Arkansas (5-5, 2-4) play, both coming off a loss, as the SEC regular season winds down. Arkansas needs one more win to qualify for a bowl game.
In a crucial matchup against Alabama, the Rebels lost 30-24 after having the lead at halftime and with a chance to win late. The Razorbacks lost to LSU in a defensive 13-10 game, in which they ended with their third-string quarterback.
Ole Miss Bounce-Back Game
Last week could have been the one where Ole Miss finished off Alabama, putting themselves closer to competing for the SEC West title. The Rebels’ two losses this season were against the teams above them in the standings, including LSU.
They got off to a 10-0 lead, which was closed to 17-14 at halftime. The only turnover in the game for the Rebels led to that second touchdown right before halftime to make it close. An inability to score in the fourth quarter led to the loss, with two eight-play drives ending in turnovers on downs.
Running back Quinshon Judkins continued his fanatic season with his third straight game with 25 carries or more and over 110 yards. He had 25 carries, 135 yards, and two touchdowns against one of the best rushing defenses in the SEC.
The defense seemed to have done enough to put Ole Miss in an excellent position to win, holding its opponents nearly 150 yards below their season average.
Arkansas Stands Firm
For a team that has not relied on its defense too often, Arkansas’ held up against LSU. The Razorbacks held their opponent to 13 points and 284 yards, well below their season averages.
It was a standout performance for a defense letting up 28.9 points and 426.8 yards per game. It forced LSU’s quarterback into two turnovers, one interception, and one fumble. Chris Paul Jr. had two of seven sacks for the Razorbacks’ defense.
The offense had been the driving force for the team, led by starting quarterback K.J. Jefferson, who was a last-minute scratch with a shoulder injury. That forced Malik Hornsby to start, and he had just 24 passing yards. He was replaced by third-stringer Cade Fortin, who was better, but only marginally, throwing for 92 yards and a touchdown.
With the lack of a passing game, running back Raheim Sanders was held to 3.8 yards per carry.
Ole Miss vs Arkansas Game Injuries
Ole Miss vs Arkansas Head-to-Head
Last season Ole Miss and Arkansas played another amazing game in their rivalry, which finished with the Rebels on top, 52-51.
Ole Miss vs Arkansas Game Information
- Game: Ole Miss vs Arkansas
- Date: Saturday, November 19
- Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
- Location: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR
- Ole Miss vs Arkansas Live Stream: ESPN
Ole Miss vs Arkansas Betting Lines
Ole Miss vs Arkansas Picks & Prediction
If Jefferson plays for Arkansas, that certainly changes everything. With how the defense performed last week, there is a little more hope for it to hold its own. The Razorbacks could make the game interesting with a quarterback that can move the ball.
However, Ole Miss has consistently shown that it is a good team, especially after pushing a struggling Alabama team to its limit. They are set at a -2½ point spread which they should manage to cover.
Ole Miss is listed at -135 in our Vegas NCAAF lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Ole Miss, you have a chance to win $74. Arkansas is +115, offering a chance to win $115 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Ole Miss a 57.45% chance to win, with Arkansas at 46.51%.