Happy Homecoming week, y'all. This week the Rebels will play host to the Idaho Vandals, one of the few remaining Independents in college football. The Vandals are coached by a Paul "Bobby Petrino's Brother" Petrino. Paul coached with Bobby at Arkansas before taking the job at Idaho, which is a great move for someone who wants to, I dunno, get out of Arkansas and still ride motorcycles on rural winding mountain roads or something. (Paul is obviously guilty by association, here).
As evidenced by the numbers, the Vandals have struggled mightily this season coming into Oxford only 1-6 for the season, with the lone win coming against Temple in a 26-24 slugfest. Notable teams that Idaho has played this year are as follows: Wyoming in a 42-10 loss, Washington State in a 42-0 loss, Fresno State in a 61-14 loss, and Arkansas State in a 48-24 loss. So... yeah... they're not good.
The timing of this contest could not be better for Ole Miss. The Rebels will most likely use this game to work on some basics and get some key reserves reps, as the depth chart has gone all wonky due to the injuries that have mounted over the last few weeks. It will be imperative for the Rebels to jump out early and get the starters some rest.
The Vandals have been bitten by the injury bug also, as they will be without the 1st and 2nd string QB's. Josh McCain is set to get the start at QB this week for the Vandals. The big playmaker for the Vandals appears to be Dezmon Epps as he leads the team in receiving. Once again, the Vandals are among the nations worst teams statistically in college football, but that does not mean that the Rebels should take them lightly as I am sure Hugh Freeze and the rest of the coaching staff is emphasizing this week. It will be interesting to see how the Rebels respond after finding themselves in an unfamiliar spot coming off of a big win and playing a team that they should beat soundly. Hopefully, we will see a more convincing outcome as compared to the SEMO game, but even if we don't, oh well. This is a "stay healthy and have fun" type of game as far as we're concerned.
As of earlier this week, Vegas had Ole Miss favored by 41. I wouldn't be surprised if the Rebs don't beat that spread, only because so many starters will sit much of the game.
The keys this week are:
- Start fast
- Get the starters out early and rest the injured
- See if the reserves can continue to play crisply and prepare to return to SEC action
|Idaho Passing Leaders|
|Chad Chalich||113 of 184||1224||3||5||61.4||123|
|Taylor Davis||13 of 29||199||1||1||35.9||82.1|
|Josh McCain||7 of 14||136||2||1||50||126.6|
|Idaho Rushing Leaders|
|Idaho Receiving Leaders|
|Idaho Offense||Idaho Defense|
|Average Per Play||4.7||6.9|
|OM Offense||OM Defense|
|Average Per Play||5.8||5.6|
|Punting||27 for 1231||50 for 2350 yards|
|Time of Possession||28:15:00||32:36:00|
|3rd Conversion %||47/106 (44%)||43/127 (34%)|
|4th Conversion %||10/19 (53%)||9/19 (47%)|
|Sacks For||9 for 61 yards||10 for 73 yards|
|FG||9 for 12||6 for 11|
|Red Zone Scoring||21/26 (81%)||16/20 (80%)|
|Penalties||37 for 296 yards||50 for 403 yards|
|Team Stats||FBS Rank||OM||FBS Rank||Idaho|