On Saturday, Ole Miss will conclude Year 1 of Lane Kiffin’s tenure with a game against Indiana. The Hoosiers are hot on the heels of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the race for the Big Ten Championship. They could be the strongest opponent the Rebels have encountered outside of Alabama and possibly Florida, depending on how you look at Dan Mullen’s third year in Gainesville. Read more in our Ole Miss Vs Indiana Prediction.
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Indiana Prediction: Expected to Win 42-24
Indiana’s defense successfully rushes the passer, and their secondary capitalizes on mistakes. The Rebels’ defense will need help to generate sufficient stops to keep them in the game. It will need to be equipped to conquer the unavoidable poor positions Corral will put them in at least once. Kiffin and also the Rebels are on the right track, but their defense still needs to be quite there, and Indiana will reveal that.
Guide and Tips for Indiana vs Ole Miss Predictions
Here are things to look out for, as well as an Indiana vs Mississippi prediction, in Ole Miss’ first bowl game as of 2015.
The Receiving Troop
Its storyline was unavoidable heading into 2021. It was accelerated once Elijah Moore and tight end Kenny Yeboah opted out before the LSU game. Ole Miss lost 53-48 in the final regular-season game, with Matt Corral turning the ball over six times. While Corral is undoubtedly to blame for the offensive dysfunction that resulted in the loss, the receivers failed to fill the seismic void left by Moore and Yeboah. Corral was beaten twice, and LSU interrupted Ole Miss’ run game early in the game, in addition to the Indiana vs Ole Miss football five interceptions and a fumble.
How does Corral deal with adversity?
So, how does Corral react to the six turnovers, as mentioned earlier in this Mississippi vs Indiana prediction? He recovered from a prior turnover shindig at Arkansas. However, rebounding will be more challenging this time around against an IU defense that decided to make Justin Fields feel rushed and uneasy.
Indiana helped lead the Big Ten with 17 interceptions and 23 sacks in seven games. Former Ole Miss assistants, Indiana safeties coach Jason Jones and Hoosiers defensive coordinator Kane Wommack, have developed a fearless athletic secondary regarding reading routes and creating turnovers. Corral’s performance against the tested group will shape the discourse surrounding the quarterback heading into Kiffin’s first full offseason.
Who Carries the Rock?
Jerrion Ealy left the LSU game in the second half with an ankle injury. In the position of Snoop Conner, rookie Henry Parrish is second in the carry pecking order. Parrish had the ball 16 times for 82 yards to Conner’s three touches, most of which arose out of a need after Ealy left. Conner was a surprise to the 2019 recruiting class, who performed admirably as a freshman. However, his role, usage, and success changed under Kiffin. If Ealy is restricted or unavailable, keep track of who gets the most carries and when they get them.
Will the Rebels be able to capture Jack Tuttle?
In this Mississippi Indiana prediction, you can tell that Indiana’s offense is depleted. Tuttle took over after star quarterback Michael Penix Jr. burst his ACL in a season-ending road win at Wisconsin. Indiana’s offensive line has been quite reliable this season for Penix and Tuttle. In contrast, Ole Miss has had a terrible pass rush in the SEC. So how could the Rebels find players to apply pressure on Tuttle? Will somebody other than Sam Williams be chosen? Ole Miss desperately needs pass rushers. They addressed their interior run defense issues in their 2021 recruiting class, but their edge athleticism remains a concern.
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