Game Preview: How Ole Miss can defeat Georgia

The Ole Miss Rebels are coming off of their first SEC road win since October 2, 2009 with a 30-27 victory over the Arkansas Razorback in Little Rock, Arkansas last week.  The Rebels are trying to get their first back to back SEC road wins since 2009.  With a 5-3 record the Rebels are trying to become bowl eligible.  This will be the first game this season against a SEC East opponent.  They will try to get a second SEC road win this week against the No. 6 ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Athens.  The Rebels have not won at Georgia since 1996 and have not defeated a ranked them since a 21-7 Cotton Bowl win over the 18th ranked Oklahoma State in 2010.  Georgia leads the series against the Rebels 31-12-1 and has a 17-4-1 record in Athens.  The game can be seen on nationally on CBS at 2:30 central.

Five things the Rebels need to do to defeat Georgia:

Bo Wallace hands off to Jeff Scott. Photo by Justine Ford

Overcoming adversity.  The Rebels have very little room for error again this week.  The crowd will be a factor and Rebels need to jump out to a fast start in order to control the tempo of the game.  Bo Wallace has exceeded expectations this year as the Rebels’ signal caller.  Wallace will have to make good decisions and not put the undersized defense in bad situations.

Control the line of scrimmage. The Rebels are ranked third in the SEC and are tied for 11th place in the NCAA with 7.5 tackles for loss per game.  The defense will be tested against this week.  Georgia has 4 receivers that have over 300 receiving yards.  Tavarres King is the leading receiver for Georgia with 511 yards.  Todd Gurley leads the ground attack with 740 rushing yards.  Aaron Murray has 2, 064 passing yards, 17 touchdown passes and only 7 interceptions on the year.  Keeping the Bulldogs off the field and limiting them to few big plays will be a major factor in getting the road win.

Attack the Bulldogs defense. Ole Miss has scored in 26 of its 28 red zone trips (92.9 percent), sixth-best in the nation and second in the SEC.  Wallace has shown he is not afraid of any defense.  Wallace has 1,649 passing yards 10 passing touchdowns, 5 rushing touchdowns and 9 interceptions.  Jeff Scott is on pace to rushing for over a 1,000 yards.  Scott has 612 rushing yards and has 6 rushing touchdowns.

Control the tempo of the game.  The balance running and passing has been a major factor in the Rebels success this season.  The ability to move the ball and score points against every opponent has been the strength this season for Ole Miss.  The Rebels are averaging 430 yards a game and have scored 30 or more points in all games except one this season.

Take advantages of opportunities.  The Bulldogs control their faith for winning the SEC East after defeating the Florida Gators 17-9 in the annual world largest tailgate party last week in Jacksonville, Florida.  The Bulldogs might be looking past the Rebels this week.  This will be homecoming weekend for Georgia and they might not be as focused for this game.

Terry Davis covers Ole Miss football for MemphiSport. Follow him @Terryd515.

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