Ole Miss leads the SEC in rushing and in fewest sacks allowed (7), so you can make a good case that the Rebels have the league's best blocking front.
Tyler Bray probably will be an all-conference quarterback someday. Jeremiah Masoli already achieved that distinction as the first-team All-Pac 10 QB at Oregon in 2009.
The Rebs' Brandon Bolden averages 80.8 yards per game, 6.0 per carry. The Vols' Tauren Poole averages 81.0 per game and 5.2 per carry. It's a push.
With seniors Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore healthy, the Big Orange rates a slight edge.
Ole Miss' Jerrell Powe and Ted Laurent might be the best pair of tackles in the SEC.
Neither team is overly talented at this position but Ole Miss ranks dead last in SEC scoring defense, so I'm giving Tennessee the edge.
Ole Miss ranks eighth in SEC pass defense (231.9 yards per game) and Tennessee ninth (239.8), so neither secondary is doing a whole lot right this fall.
Ole Miss' Bryson Rose is 14 of 16 on field goals, UT's Daniel Lincoln 7 of 7. Both teams have solid punters and neither team has a great return man.
Tennessee has the home-field advantage and an outside shot at qualifying for a bowl game. The Vols should be at an emotional peak.
The youthful Vols have more enthusiasm than talent but that may be enough. UT, 24-20.
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