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No. 10 LSU Tigers at Mississippi Rebels
Saturday November 21st, 3:30PM Eastern
Betus.com betting line – Mississippi -4
The Mississippi Rebels have finally turned the corner and got the offense off the ground. In case you are not familiar with the SEC, the Rebels were predicted to have the top offense in the conference this season. However, hyped QB Jevan Snead has had a disastrous season with 14 interceptions and the Rebels offense has never really shown any signs of prominence. Until last week that is, Mississippi exploded last week to topple the Tennessee Volunteers 42-17 as star play Dexter McCluster ran wild for a school record 282 yards on the ground with 4 touchdowns.
The Rebels look for the offense to continue that momentum this Saturday when they host the 10th ranked LSU Tigers for a battle for the number 2 spot in the SEC West. The Tigers have not had a very dominating season as seen last week when they struggled to put away Louisiana Tech 24-16. However, the Tigers have clawed and scratches their way to an 8-2 record with their only losses coming in defeats to the number 1 and 2 ranked teams in the country. LSU now is just 2 games away from capturing another 10 win regular season as the last time they accomplished that feat was in 2007 when they won the National Championship.
Betus.com has opened the betting lines favoring the Rebels by 4 points. Some may find that betting line surprising, but LSU has not proved they are a lethal scoring team this season. In fact, LSU has really struggled to run the football. Running back Charles Scott is out for the year to add to those troubles. Keiland Williams picked up the slack last week running for 116 yards against an inferior opponent. To add to the injury woes, QB Jordan Jefferson missed last week with an ankle injury. Filling in his position was quarterback Jarrett Lee who once again proved he is not ready for the big stage.
Lee completed just 7 of 22 passes with an interception which was an all too familiar remembrance for LSU fans who witnessed Lee throw 16 picks just a season ago. However, Jefferson is the hopeful to be under center this week as he has been going through practices as regular. Jefferson’s ability to get the ball in the hands of wide outs Terrance Toliver and Brandon LaFell will be absolutely critical in their ability to maintain the Rebels scoring power if touchdowns are to come in bunches. It will be interesting to see if the Tigers are to find another way to win as they have found a bout every way imaginable this season.
The Rebels must get another big game from Dexter McCluster who also posted 324 all-purpose yards which was also a school record. Snead has not shown any signs of turning the corner, but when they get the ball in the hands of McCluster and WR Shay Hodge they are still a dangerous offense. Watch for McCluster to get the ball on many sweep and end around type plays. The key will be if he can beat the LSU defense to the side and use his speed to turn up field. The Rebels defense should keep them in the ball game regardless of how well the offense performs, but still Mississippi strives as they did during the latter part of 2008 when McCluster gets his hands on the ball about 20 times per game. Will that be enough or will the Rebels need Snead to get out of his slump to capture the victory?
Pick – Tough pick here ATS, but having Jefferson back may be the difference for LSU. Consider LSU and a play on the over may be the safest bet.