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With last week’s big win over Florida, Georgia now controls its own destiny in the SEC East: If the Dawgs win out, they are back in the SEC Championship Game. Georgia is a 14-point favorites vs. the Rebels on Vegassportsbetting.com.
Mississippi (5-3, 2-2) has won two straight. It upset Arkansas 30-27 a week ago. Bryson Rose kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired. The win is the second straight in the Southeastern Conference for Ole Miss, which snapped a 16-game league losing streak in its previous game against Auburn.
The win gave Ole Miss its first back-to-back SEC wins since late in the 2009 season, which is also the last time the school reached a bowl game. The Rebels, who were a combined 1-15 in the conference the last two seasons, are now one win away from bowl eligibility in coach Hugh Freeze’s first season.
With dual-threat quarterback Bo Wallace at the controls, the Rebels average 235.6 yards per game passing and 194.4 rushing. The Rebels had major problems at quarterback last season, but Wallace’s emergence — he was 29-for-37 for 278 yards, one touchdown and one interception in last Saturday’s win at Arkansas — has paid big dividends for Ole Miss. The Rebels have already surpassed last year’s total number of wins, points, touchdowns, passing yards and total yards
Meanwhile the Dawgs upset Florida 17-9. Linebacker Jarvis Jones had a career-high 13 tackles with three sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as the defense forced six turnovers.
Bacarri Rambo and Damian Swann had interceptions as Georgia held Florida without a touchdown. Jones leads the nation in tackles for loss (2.33/game) and is second nationally in sacks (1.42/game) this season.
This meeting is the 45th all-time between Ole Miss and Georgia, dating back to 1940. UGA owns a 31-12-1 lead, including a 17-4-1 edge in Athens. The Bulldogs have taken nine straight in the series.
The last Ole Miss win over Georgia was in 1996 in Athens (31-27). Georgia players insist playing for a SEC championship is ample reason to avoid a letdown this week. With a Georgia loss, Florida (7-1, 6-1) can slip back into the driver’s seat by beating Missouri (4-4, 1-4) this Saturday.
Ole Miss is 58-139-2 all-time versus ranked teams. The last win over a top-25 team was a 21-7 triumph over No. 18 Oklahoma State in the 2010 Cotton Bowl.
Vegas trends: Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. Road team is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings. Rebels are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings