The Magnolia Bowl is one of the oldest rivalries in college football, dating back to 1894 and pitting the LSU Tigers against the Ole Miss Rebels. The teams have played 111 times overall, with LSU leading the series, 63-41-4. The teams have played every year since 1945 as opponents in the SEC. LSU beat Ole Miss in Baton Rouge last year, 45-20, but this year’s matchup in Oxford promises to be much closer. LSU barely held on last week to beat Arkansas at home, 34-31, despite entering as an 18-point favorite. Ole Miss was a 6 ½-point underdog at Alabama last week and lost straight up, 24-10, despite a 7-6 halftime lead. Let’s break down this SEC West showdown as you consider your sports betting options in college football this weekend for the LSU vs Ole Miss.
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When: Saturday, September 30, 2023, 6:00 pm ET
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
Radio: No National Broadcast
Live Stream: ESPN+
NCAAF Odds: LSU -2 / O/U 67 // LSU -140 / Ole Miss +118
Why should you bet on the LSU Tigers?
LSU was able to hold off an Arkansas comeback in last week’s win, riding a 14-3 margin in the third quarter to victory. Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels finished the day with 320 yards and four passing touchdowns, and Damian Ramos was the last-minute hero with a 20-yard field goal to seal the win with five seconds left in regulation. That made four years in a row in which the final margin of the LSU-Arkansas matchup was decided by only three points.
LSU’s offense actually woke up after a slow start, scoring 31 points in the last 31 minutes of the game, hitting a 49-yard touchdown pass in the last minute of the first half and then scoring from the same distance in the third quarter. Brian Thomas had five catches for 133 yards, including both of the 49-yard touchdowns. Malik Nabers caught eight passes for 130 yards, and Logan Diggs ran the ball 14 times for 97 yards, averaging almost seven yards per attempt. The defense struggled against Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson, who threw for 289 yards and three scores and continually escaped the pocket to get around the pass rush, particularly during two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter that brought the Razorbacks even. LSU got three stops in the red zone, and those touchdown denials made the difference.
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Why should you put your money on the Ole Miss Rebels?
Ole Miss was able to frustrate Alabama for the first half of their game last weekend. The Tide coughed the ball up in the red zone, and Ole Miss sacked Jalen Milroe four times. The mighty Alabama offense had only 22 rushing yards. However, the Ole Miss defense was not able to hold the line after halftime, permitting three straight scoring drives to start the third quarter. Milroe ended up with an 81 pass completion rate, and he threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Hale.
The last Alabama scoring drive went 75 yards and was run-heavy, with 54 rushing yards. In the second half, Alabama ran for 109 yards. For Ole Miss to stop LSU, that intense defensive effort will have to last 60 minutes, not just 30.
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LSU vs Ole Miss Final Score and Prediction
LSU already lost one crucial road game against a high-level opponent when they fell to Florida State in Week 1. That game wasn’t particularly close, especially in the second half. The fact that LSU gave up so many points against Arkansas home is also concerning. I predict a final score of Ole Miss 30, LSU 27.
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