[ED: You guessed it; Fit4LifeLLC gets a lot of credit for this one again, in that all of the research and design of this are his.]
Eight games down, and four to go. At this point, it is easy to get a pretty clear view of what type of team the Ole Miss Rebels are by looking at their stats thus far. So, that's exactly what we're going to do. But, before we do that, ask yourself what your feelings are on where the Rebels sit at this point in the season. Compare that with your preseason expectations.
Then, look at the numbers, and determine just how bad we all are at guessing these sorts of things.
Ole Miss Passing
The two most surprising statistics here are Bo's interceptions and Barry's touchdowns. Bo Wallace has only thrown three picks through eight games. Last season, he would have thrown something like 10 or 11 at this point. That's not a joke. That's literally what he'd have done. And Barry Brunetti is proving to be much more valuable than just a pure running threat. He had a few scores through the air last season as well, but this year he's been more effective and versatile, particularly in the red zone.
Ole Miss Rushing
Jeff Scott, iTavius Mathers, and Jaylen Walton have combined for 1,081 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground. That's a pretty reliable stable of backs right there. Jaylen Walton, in particular, has shown tremendous versatility and vision. He'll be a lot of fun to watch over the next couple of seasons.
Ole Miss Receiving
Laquon leads in catches, while Moncrief leads in touchdowns and yards. Also, losing Evan Engram for the rest of the season due to foot surgery hurts a lot.
Ole Miss Offense vs. Defense
|Average Per Play||6||5.4|
Ole Miss Defensive Leaders
|Name||Tackles (Total)||TFL||Turnover Plays||Sacks||PBU's|
(Issac Gross leads the Ole Miss Rebels in sacks with 2.5)
Talk about Bird Bryant coming out of nowhere to prove his worth as a legit SEC linebacker. And, missing from these stats, are the injured CJ Johnson and Robert Nkemdiche (hell, Denzel too, also due to injury). It's incredible that our defense has played as well as it has without those guys.
|Punting||30 for 1359 yds/38.8 net|
|Time of Possession||28:56:00|
|3rd Conversion %||50/116 (43%)|
|4th Conversion %||12/21 (57%)|
|Sacks For||11 for 68 yds|
|FG||10 for 13|
|Red Zone Scoring||22/27 (81%)|
|Penalties||45 for 356 (44.5 yds per game)|
Dat 4th down conversion /bites lip
Conference only Stats (Thanks, Catfish)
|Team Stats||OM (SEC Rank)|
|Total Yards||429 yds (8th)|
|Passing Yards||292 yds (2nd)|
|Rushing Yards||137 yds (11th)|
|Points For||25.2 (6th)|
|Points Against||31 (7th)|
|Rushing Defense||203.4 yds (10th)|
|Passing Defense||238.6 yds (6th)|
|Total Defense||442 yds (8th)|
|Turnover Margin||+3 (6th)|
|Pass Defense Efficiency||129.4 (4th)|
|First Downs||114 (5th)|
|3rd Down Conversions||40.5 (8th)|
Ole Miss is pretty much a middle of the pack SEC team if the numbers here are any indicator. They've preformed about to that level, and have results to back that up. There's a long way to go, but they've also come a long way to get here. Ideally, this team can improve and get healthy over the next two weeks in preparation for Mizzou and Mississippi State. Yes, we're looking ahead of Arkansas which, while unwise, shouldn't surprise anyone.