Ole Miss at Memphis
A crazy weekend of college football continues Sunday when No. 8 Mississippi travels to Memphis to face the Tigers at 3:30PM ET from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
The two schools sit just 85 miles apart and are meeting in the season opened for the sixth-straight season. The Rebels have won the last four meetings, but only by an average of 6.5 points per-win.
Houston Nutt has the Mississippi program buzzing after a 9-4 season in 2008, including a win over the national champions, Florida, during the year. A bowl win over Texas Tech has created a lot of momentum for the Rebels entering this season, and Mississippi brings back 16 starters to the field. Quarterback Jevan Snead is back after throwing for 2,762 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2008. The Rebels also bring back its top four rushers from last season. The four combined to rush for over 2,000 yards on the ground. Shay Hodge will lead the Rebels’ receiving core after catching eight touchdown passes in 2008. Mississippi does lose key pieces to both lines with Michael Oher and Peria Jerry both becoming first round NFL draft picks.
The Tigers are coming offa 6-7 record in 2008 under ninth-year coach Tommy West. The Tigers scored just as many points as they allowed last season, but bring back seven starters on defense, led by LSU transfer, Derrick Odom, at linebacker. On offense, the Tigers lose four offensive linemen from last season’s starting unit, which could cause problems for senior quarterback Arkelon Hall. Hall struggled in 2008, throwing for 2,275 yards with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Hall has his top target back in Carlos Singleton, who caught 52 passesfor 791 yards and five touchdowns last season. Curtis Steele also returns in the backfield for Memphis. Steele rushed for 1,223 yards with seven touchdowns in 2008.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made Mississippi 16.5-point road favorites over Memphis on Sunday. The over/under total for this game has been established at 54.5.
All games in this series since 1992
MEMPHIS is 6-6 against the spread versus OLE MISS since 1992
OLE MISS is 9-4 straight up against MEMPHIS since 1992
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992
Games over the last 3 seasons
MEMPHIS is 1-1 against the spread versus OLE MISS over the last 3 seasons
OLE MISS is 2-0 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
All games played at MEMPHIS since 1992
MEMPHIS is 4-2 against the spread versus OLE MISS since 1992
OLE MISS is 4-2 straight up against MEMPHIS since 1992
2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL since 1992
Games played at MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons.
MEMPHIS is 1-0 against the spread versus OLE MISS over the last 3 seasons
OLE MISS is 1-0 straight up against MEMPHIS over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
Key Player Injuries
No significant injuries.
No significant injuries.
College Football Week 1: Mississippi at Memphis State Odds & Over/Under Totals:
Mississippi Rebels -16.5 Over 54.5 (-1400)
Memphis Tigers +16.5 Under 54.5 (+780)
How many completions will Jevan Snead (Miss) make: Over/Under 16.5
What will Snead (Miss) throw first: Touchdown (-240) or an Interception (+180)
Will Brandon Bolden (Miss) score a touchdown: Yes (-250) or No (+190)
How many receptions will Shay Hodge (Miss) have: Over/Under 4.5
How many receptions will Dexter McCluster (Miss) have: Over/Under 3.5
What will Arkelon Hall (Memphis) throw first: Touchdown (-130) or an Interception (even)
Will Curtis Steele (Memphis) score a touchdown: Yes (-130) or No (even)
How many receptions will Duke Calhoun (Memphis) have: Over/Under 3.5
How many receptions will Carlos Singleton (Memphis) have: Over/Under 4.5
Posted: 9/6/09 7:00AM ET