Tennessee averages 4.5 yards per carry, Ole Miss 4.6. UT has surrendered 10 sacks, Ole Miss 12. Too close to call.
Two months ago this would've been laughable. Not now. Jonathan Crompton is the SEC's hottest quarterback, while Jevan Snead is the league's most unpredictable quarterback.
The Rebels' Brandon Bolden and Dexter McCluster are a nice 1-2 punch; Tennessee's Montario Hardesty has been slowed by a knee injury.
UT's Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore had big games vs. Memphiis. However, the Rebels' Shay Hodge leads the SEC in receptions (45) and and yards per catch (18.3). McCluster is very dangerous when he lines up as a receiver, too.
Rebel end Greg Hardy is the SEC's premier pass rusher but UT's Chris Walker isn't far behind. Both teams are exceptional along the defensive front, so this is a essentially a push.
UT's Rico McCoy is having a fine senior year and Herman Lathers played well last Saturday in his starting debut at MLB. Rebel 'backers are good but nothing to write home about.
Safety Kendrick Lewis leads the Rebels in tackles but Tennessee has a pretty good safety, too ... some guy named Berry.
Ole Miss' Jesse Grandy has two kickoff-return TDs this season and averages 30.1 yards per runback. Moreover, the Rebs blocked two field goals last weekend vs. Northern Arizona; Tennessee has had three of its last four tries blocked.
Ole Miss has the home-field advantage, which is considerable at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. But Tennessee has been playing its best football of the season the past few weeks.
UT is exceeding expectations and playing better each week. The Rebels are underachieving except when they play FCS weaklings. Take the red-hot Vols.
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