This game features a pair of high-powered offenses that can score, and some defenses that can be politely described as occasionally generous. Let’s take a look at the matchup.
Updated SP+ per team
Louisville: 42nd (18th offense, 95th defense)
Ole Miss: 25th (8th offense, 59th defense)
Injury update for both teams
Louisville: No injuries reported
Ole Miss: TE Casey Kelly is out (undisclosed)
Spread: Ole Miss -9
Moneyline: Louisville +270, Ole Miss -350
Returning talent/recruiting talent
Louisville: 60th (Offense 57, Defense 62)
Ole Miss: 22nd (Offense 20, Defense 33)
Ole Miss -9
Even without Lane Kiffin at the helm, still in Oxford with a breakthrough case of Covid-19, the Rebels offense with quarterback Matt Corral can put up plenty of points. They put 48 on both Alabama and LSU last year, and 59 on South Carolina. Consider the Vandy defense a bit closer to USCe than the powers of the SEC West, and this could get ugly early.
Scott Satterfield certainly had an interesting offseason amongst UL fans, and the Cards recruiting and imports look good, but not good enough to slow down a Kiffin team with an entire offseason to prepare.