The Ole Miss Rebels still hold out hope that they can salvage their season in November, starting with a game against the Kentucky Wildcats. Kickoff is at 4:00 EST on Saturday, November 4 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Fans can watch the game on the SEC Network.
Oddsmakers list the Wildcats as 3.5-point favorites at home with an over/under of 63.5 points. Click here for a full list of Week 10 betting odds and links to game previews.
Ole Miss vs Kentucky Game Preview & Betting Odds
The Wildcats begin November already having solidified a bowl spot after beating rival Tennessee last week. Kentucky turned the ball over four times and was badly outplayed for much of the game, barely having 21 minutes of possession. But they put together a scoring drive during the final five minutes to win the game.
Now the Wildcats have to come down from that high and get back to work. Kentucky actually has an outside chance of winning the SEC East if they win out and get a little help. If nothing else, the Wildcats can guarantee a winning season by holding serve at home against Ole Miss.
The Rebels, meanwhile, have lost five of their last six games and are running out of time to get themselves to a bowl game. Last week against Arkansas, Ole Miss jumped out to a 31-7 lead early in the 2nd quarter. But they couldn’t hold off an Arkansas comeback and lost 38-37 on a last-second field goal.
The Rebels are no doubt deflated after letting such a big lead slip away. At 3-5, their path to a bowl game is quite narrow. Even if they beat Kentucky, Ole Miss will face an uphill battle. With a loss to the Wildcats, the Rebels can all but forget about playing in a bowl.
Free NCAA Football Pick Against the Spread: Ole Miss +3.5
This game is a bit of a tossup because I’m not sure how either team’s mental state after last week. The best I can do is predict that this will be a close game that’s decided by a field goal or less. That means I’ll lean toward Ole Miss and the points.
Despite blowing a huge lead against Arkansas last week, part of me believes the Rebels will come out fired up. Ole Miss has had a rough season and they’ve had some disheartening results. But they’ve never just rolled over and accepted defeat. I believe they’ll come out fighting against Kentucky and put themselves in a position to win.
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The one thing the Rebels have going for themselves is their offense. The season-ending injury to quarterback Shea Patterson has not had a huge impact on the Ole Miss offense. Jordan Ta’amu threw the ball well last week against Arkansas, completing 20 of 30 passes for over 350 yards. Ta’amu’s athleticism has also helped the Ole Miss rushing attack, giving the Rebels a little more balance offensively.
As for Kentucky, I’m a little worried about their ability to refocus after an emotional high against Tennessee. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Wildcats come out flat and have a let down this week. I’m also not convinced that Kentucky’s offense is good enough to take full advantage of an Ole Miss defense that’s been terrible all season. The Wildcats can be inconsistent on offense. They also turned the ball over four times last week, which is a concern.
Kentucky has had a nice season, but I don’t love them in the role of favorite. In their six wins this season, their average margin of victory is less than a touchdown. Even with a spread of only 3.5 points, I don’t feel confident that they’ll cover, especially with concerns over their motivation and offensive efficiency. I’ll take my chances with Ole Miss as the underdog.