Ole Miss Rebels at Auburn Tigers Betting Preview
Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin is trying to find his place in college football‘s toughest conference, the SEC West. The coaching ranks within this one division offer some of the most impressive and diverse personalities in the nation. From the GOAT to “The Pirate” and all the fun in between, no one quite sticks out like Harsin’s opponent this weekend, Lane Kiffin. When he’s not dropping microphones in a pre-game interview or tweeting about rat poison, he’s coaching a highly ranked Ole Miss team.
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Ole Miss Rebels Team Preview
Kiffin and the Rebels are sitting at 6-1 on the season, with their lone loss coming in Tuscaloosa to then number one Alabama. The Rebels have continued to play the high level of offense the team saw during Kiffin’s first season in Oxford but have added a defense that has been much better than the unit last year that ranked in the bottom five nationally.
Matt Corral has himself squarely in the Heisman conversation with the second-best odds to win the trophy, according to Bovada at +350. The dual-threat quarterback has cut down on his turnovers by a large margin while improving his high offensive production from a year ago. Corral has accounted for 24 total touchdowns on the year.
Sharing the backfield with their Heisman-worthy quarterback are running backs Snoop Conner, Henry Parrish Jr., and Jerrion Ealy. The three have combined to score 13 touchdowns on the ground and averaged over five yards per carrying.
In four of their seven games, the Rebels are 4-2-1 against the spread and have played to the under-total points betting line. A big reason for the under bets hitting in the Rebels games is that oddsmakers have set their total points north of 70 points in six of seven contests.
Auburn Tigers Team Preview
The Tigers are off to a great start in Harsin’s first year with a record of 5-2. The two losses have come against the number one team in the country and on the road in a hostile environment against Penn State. The remaining schedule still poses some threats with Texas A&M and Alabama looming, but it starts with Ole Miss this weekend.
At one point in the season, the Tigers seemed to have a quarterback controversy brewing between Bo Nix and TJ Finley, but it appears that Nix has settled in as the guy once again. Nix and Tank Bigsby have the Tigers sitting at fifth in the SEC in scoring and total offense, a few spots behind their opponents for this weekend.
Defensively the Tigers have been solid despite departures in the transfer portal in the offseason and injuries to key pieces. The Tigers rank 4th in the conference, giving up just under 20 points per game.
Auburn is 4-3 against the spread on the season but has won two of their last three games outright despite betting underdogs. Auburn’s games have resulted in the over-total points betting line being hit in four of the seven games this year.
Matt Corral’s health questions were answered a week ago when the quarterback helped the Rebels win against LSU. Look for the Heisman candidate to go for back-to-back wins over the Tigers and not only cover but win the game outright. If betting the over/under, lean toward the under as Auburn’s defense should slow down the Rebels just enough to stay short of the total.