November 17, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) carries the ball on a return for a touchdown during the second half against the Ole Miss Rebels at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Ole Miss 41-35. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

No. 6 LSU Tigers at Ole Miss Rebels Preview

Ole Miss is the only real competition that LSU has from now until their date in Tuscaloosa on November 9th. The Tigers have bounced back from their road loss against Georgia with a commanding win over Mississippi State, and an important defensive victory in Tiger Stadium against Florida. Ole Miss comes into the game banged up and on a three game losing streak. However, LSU will not be taking them lightly.

The Rebels came extremely close to knocking off Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies last week. Ole Miss had the ball with 3:07 left in a tie game on their own 25. After three incomplete passes, the rebels had to give the ball back to Texas A&M. Johnny proceeded to lead his team into field goal range, where Josh Lambo hit a 33 yard game winner.

Les Miles knows that Ole Miss’s 3-3 record does not translate to an easy victory for the Tigers.

Any time you line up against the Ole Miss team, there’s tradition and history.

Last year it took a Jeremy Hill touchdown with 15 seconds left to lead the Tigers to a six point victory. LSU has won six out of the last eight times these two teams have played, but half of those victories came by seven or less points.

Zach Mettenberger will try to bounce back from his performance against Florida. It was his first game this season that he did not record a touchdown pass. LSU only threw the ball on 30% of their snaps, relying heavily on the running game.

Mettenberger should have plenty of opportunity to air it out, as he faces a Rebel defense that is banged up and ranked 75th in the country in scoring defense.

Bo Wallace has been inconsistent this year. He will start against the Tigers, but his poor play has helped Barry Brunetti receive some playing time. Brunetti threw a touchdown pass on half of his four passing attempts against Texas A&M.

The quarterback duo will need to up their game against the Tigers, as the Rebels will likely be without their top running back, Jeff Scott who leads the SEC with 8.3 yards a carry, so they will have to rely on I’Tavius Mathers and Jaylen Walton in his absence.

The LSU defense has been inconsistent this year. However, They have stepped up their play recently. The Tigers’ defense held Florida out of the end zone the entire game, making it six straight quarters without allowing a touchdown.

LSU will be attempting to keep their SEC and National Championship hopes alive. Ole Miss will be attempting to end their ugly losing streak. There is plenty of history between these two squads. Ole Miss is looking to pull off the upset, and LSU is looking to put this game out of question early.

Tags: Football LSU Tigers Ole Miss Rebels Zach Mettenberger

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