Fearless Game Prediction

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  1. mesquite tiger

    mesquite tiger Diabolical Genius

    Sep 16, 2003
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    LSU (9-1) at Ole Miss (8-2) - 3:30 p.m. ET
    Why to watch: Is this the biggest game ever to be played in Oxford? That might be a little bit of a stretch, but Ole Miss, on a tear winning six in a row including victories over Florida and Auburn, can clinch a berth in the SEC title game with a win over LSU and prove to the world that it belongs among the elite. With two weeks off to enjoy the classic victory over the Tigers, the Rebels now have to refocus and deal with the other Tigers in the division. LSU is red-hot and getting even better with running backs coming back from injury and everyone rolling on both sides of the line. The defense is among the best in America, while the offense puts up points in bunches. This might be the second best team in college football, but it needs a resounding win to still shoot for the Sugar.

    Why LSU might win: No one outside of Norman is playing better in every phase. The Tiger defense has been unbelievable allowing a college football best 8.9 points per game. This is a brutally efficient team that walked into hostile environments in South Carolina and Alabama and won with frightening ease. Ole Miss has done a great job of coming through clutch and finding ways to win, but the running game that it relies on so heavily to take the pressure off of Eli Manning will have a hard time doing anything on the nation's number two run defense. Manning is a great player, but he needs everything else in the offense to be working to do his magic.

    Why Ole Miss might win: The Ole Miss run defense has been out-of-this world keeping Carnell Williams to an efficient, but not backbreaking 103-yard day two weeks ago. If the defense can ride the emotion of the game and somehow keep the Tigers from running at will, it might take the pressure off the horrific Rebel pass defense. LSU lost to Florida because of penalties, turnover and problems converting on third downs. Ole Miss is great at forcing mistakes, and isn't all that miserable against the pass when it absolutely has to be.

    Who to watch: Ole Miss is second to last in the nation in pass defense even allowing the normally stagnant Auburn attack to roll up 231 yards through the air. LSU's fantastic 1-2 receiving punch of Michael Clayton and Devery Henderson could go ballistic. Clayton is coming off a 12-catch, 130-yard, one-touchdown performance against Alabama and has a touchdown grab in each of his last three games. Henderson has been just as fantastic catching eight passes for 197 yards and four scores over a two-game stretch against Auburn and Louisiana Tech before having a nice five-grab, 68-yard day against the Tide.

    What will happen: Ole Miss is the real deal with talent, stars, and a good, sound defense. LSU is at another level. Just because the Tigers will win this game with it's overall balance doesn't mean that the Rebels might not be one of the ten best teams in America right now.

    Line: LSU -6.5

    Must see rating: (5 must see - 1 Joe Average) ... 5

    Fearless Prediction: LSU 31 ... Ole Miss 16

    One websites opinion (TSN). Even gives props to Ole Miss. I like this prediction a lot, and think the game might mirror it closely, unless LSU comes out like gangbusters and runs it up early, then it might get UGLY!

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  2. ramah

    ramah Founding Member

    Sep 13, 2001
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    No one sees this as an LSU blowout, I love it.
    They are all blinded by Farchie's little clone. Mauck will drive LSU to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Then, let's see if Nick has the "JUEVOS" to run up the score. I hope Nick runs up the score.

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