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Outback Bowl 2021 – Ole Miss Rebels vs #11 Indiana Hoosiers

Look for Lots of Scoring in This Game

Our Ole Miss vs Indiana pick 2021 for the Outback Bowl is the second of four bowl games being played on January 2, 2021. The first game features the #23 NC State Wolfpack vs the Kentucky Wildcats in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. That contest starts at 12 pm ET. Note, the four games being played on Saturday are the final bowl contests of the 2020-2021 season. What is left to be played is the CFP Championship Final. That will be played on Monday, January 11.

The Ole Miss Rebels finished fifth in the SEC – West with a 4-2 record. The Rebels won three of their last five games. However, they did lose their final game of the season as LSU took them down 53-48. The #11 Indiana Hoosiers, who were second in the Big 10 East, finished with a 6-1 record. They were 4-1 for their last five games. Subsequently, that included a 14-6 win over #16 Wisconsin to end the regular season.

In the Outback Bowl, the Hoosiers are the favorite at -9.0 (-105), while the Rebels come in at +9.0 (-120). The total for this game is 66.5 with the under bet being at -108 and the over at -102.

The Outback Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 2. The kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 pm ET. The venue for this contest is Raymond Jones Stadium in Tampa, FL. The weather is predicted to be cloudy with winds at 11 mph from the South. The temperature at game time will be 79 degrees with a 4% chance of precipitation.

Ole Miss vs Indiana Pick 2021 – Statistics

Our Ole Miss vs Indiana pick 2021 observes that the Rebels can definitely score. However, their opponents could definitely score against them. Ole Miss averaged 40.7 PPG, which is certainly a fantastic stat. However, on the other hand, the Rebel D allowed 40.3 PPG. Conversely, the Hoosiers held opponents to 19.4 PPG. And although they did not put up as many points as the Rebels, they did average a healthy 30.1 PPG. Thus, their PF/PA differential is substantial.

Outback Bowl – Offense and Defense

The Ole Miss offense can churn out passing and rushing yards. However, for the Hoosiers most of their offense comes from their pass attack. On the other end of the ball, NC State is allowing 170 more yards on defense than Indiana.

Rebels and Hoosiers – Offenses

The Rebels offense will be without WR Elijah Moore and TE Kenny Yeboah. For Ole Miss, they are one and two in receptions, plus they have eight and six receiving TDs respectively. However, the Rebels do have three other productive receivers, including Braylon Sanders, with four TD receptions, and Dontario Drummond, with six scoring catches. QB Matt Corral has thrown for close to 3,000 yards. He’s hit for 27 TDs and tossed 14 INTs. Corral has been sacked 16 times. Additonally, three running backs have scored a total of 20 rushing TDs.  Consequently, Jerrion Ealy leading the team with 147 carries, 745 yards and nine TDs.

QB Michael Penix Jr. has passed for 1,645 yards, completing 56.4% of his passes. He’s tossed 14 TD passes and four INTs. Penix has been sacked seven times. WR Ty Fryfogle leads the Hoosiers with seven TD catches while TE Peyton Hendershot comes to the game with four TD receptions. In terms of rushing, RB Stevie Scott III has 137 carries for 462 yards and eight scores.

Ole Miss vs Indiana Pick 2021 – Defenses

Ole Miss vs Indiana Pick 2021The Rebels come to this game with 14 sacks, five INTs, and 36 PD. Plus, they’ve forced 10 fumbles recovering six. LB Lakia Henry tops the team with 2.5 sacks and 68 total tackles. DB A.J. Finley has three picks and six PD.

Indiana has 23 sacks, 17 INTs, and 30 PD. Plus, they have forced four fumbles recovering three. LB Micah McFadden leads the team with 39 solo tackles, 52 total bringdowns, and five sacks. DL Jerome Johnson has accumulated four sacks, while LB Tiawan Mullen has made 3.5 sacks three INTs, and three PD. Plus, DB Jamar Johnson has snared four picks and defended three passes.

Ole Miss vs Indiana Pick 2021 – Final Word

Our Ole Miss vs Indiana pick 2021 thinks that the Rebels will cover at +9.0. Both teams should score. Even though Ole Miss is without some primary performers in the receiving area, they have a lot of depth there. In fact, both teams should score a lot of points. Additionally, we expect them to hit the over at 66.5.

Outback Bowl 2021 – Summary

Point Spread – Ole Miss Rebels at +9.0 (-105)
Totals – Over 66.5 (-102)


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