Week 5 of the college football season is filled with some huge conference matchups, and that is definitely the case in the SEC. It will be the LSU Tigers visiting the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday afternoon, and this is a huge game in the West Division.
LSU comes into this game with a record of 3-1, but they have rallied to win three straight games. The Tigers were outmatched in the season opener against the Florida State Seminoles, but they have been playing much better of late.
Ole Miss is also 3-1 on the year, and their loss came against the Alabama Crimson Tide last weekend in a game in which they weren’t competitive. The Rebels can’t afford to lose another conference game, but they are not expected to win this matchup.
The LSU Tigers are 2.5-point betting favorites on the road against Ole Miss in this huge SEC matchup.
Tigers Can Be Tough
The LSU Tigers can be tough on both sides of the ball, and they just proved that they can win on the road last weekend. LSU is averaging 530 yards per game on offense, while also giving up 360 yards per game on defense.
Quarterback Jayden Daniels has thrown for 1,296 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, and he is in the Heisman Trophy conversation at this time. LSU also has a number of running backs that can rack up yards on the ground as they are balanced on offense.
The defense for LSU was supposed to be a major strength, but they have allowed some big plays at times this season. LSU isn’t going to be able to win this game without a great effort from the defense.
Rebels Want to Score
The Ole Miss Rebels come into this game averaging just 470 yards of offense per game, but they are a team that wants to score. Head coach Lane Kiffin will have his players looking to be aggressive in this game, and they have the ability to be explosive.
Quarterback Jaxson Dart has thrown for 1,096 yards and seven touchdowns this season, but this could be a chance for him to really break out. Ole Miss does abandon the rushing attack way too early in most games, and that can’t happen in this game.
The defense for the Rebels is a unit that is a bit overlooked, but they are going to have to step up and play extremely well in this game.
Tigers Take Care of Business
Ole Miss looked to be a serious threat to win the SEC West Division heading into the season, but the loss at Alabama has set them back. The Rebels want to win games with their offense, but they just won’t be able to find a ton of success in this game.
LSU has an extremely talented team, and they have been on a roll since the season-opening loss. Look for the Tigers to have a dominant performance on both sides of the ball in this game, as they will be able to pick up a huge road win.
The best bet to make in this game is to take the LSU Tigers at -2.5 as they are able to pick up a big win in the SEC West Division over the Ole Miss Rebels.