LSU will see a much more potent offense than the one they vs. the Florida Gators when they travel to Oxford to take on Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss Rebels, but Wallace won’t be the only quarterback the Tigers are preparing for in Saturday’s SEC west showdown.
Wallace is the team’s unquestioned starter with nine touchdowns and 1,444 yards on the season, but his three interceptions in the past two weeks has opened the door for Barry Brunetti to see more time. Brunetti was an integral part in the Rebel’s near-win last week against Texas A&M with two touchdown passes to bring the team even after trailing by 14.
As a result, Les Miles and LSU are preparing for Brunetti to be a bigger part of the offense this week so he doesn’t take LSU by surprise as he did to the Aggies. Brunetti brings a different element to the offense and is the team’s second leading rusher with 169 yards on 32 carries and is tied with Wallace for the team lead with three touchdowns.
But it’s Wallace who is the biggest wild card in this game, because when he’s on he can be great, but his problem in the past has been interceptions and that reared its ugly head in their last two losses to Auburn and A&M. It was Wallace who nearly pulled off the upset at LSU last year when he accounted for 364 yards of offense and four total touchdowns, but his three interceptions cost the Rebels in the end.
If the defense forces Wallace into bad decisions early on Saturday it could rattle the uber-confident Wallace to the point where we see his mistakes compounded and put an injury-depleted Ole Miss defense on a short field and Brunetti in earlier than Hugh Freeze would like.
In many ways he reminds me of Zach Mettenberger from last year in he flashes his brilliance on one play and then makes a head-scratching decision the next. That could be an encouraging sign for Ole Miss as Mettenberger has been the most improved quarterback in the nation this year after an up-and-down junior season.
Wallace is the reason why Ole Miss has the potential to upset LSU on Saturday and he’s also the reason why they could lose by double-digits. Can’t wait to see which Wallace shows up.