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Road to History: Despite 1-3 start, Elijah Moore is still on pace

It was yet another double-digit receptions day for our son.

Mississippi v Arkansas Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Elijah Moore is about as dependable a wide receiver as can be found in the country this season after another double digit reception game against Arkansas for the Ole Miss Rebels.

Moore snagged 11 passes for more than 100 yards and a touchdown to put his season total at 42 receptions. We have been updating Moore’s progress this season as head coach Lane Kiffin seemed to nearly guarantee in the preseason that Moore would shatter some records this year.

If you haven’t been following along, the current record is held by AJ Brown who is now with the Tennessee Titans. Brown brought in 85 receptions in his junior year to propel him into the NFL stratosphere where he is continuing to be a powerful offensive weapon.

Moore is only 43 catches away from equaling Brown’s record, and he has six games left to do it in theory if there is no postseason bowl game. There’s still a lot of work to be done, obviously, but Moore is averaging 10.5 receptions per game, which would potentially see him finishing the year with 105 catches (that seems pretty good!).

Here’s our Catch-o-Meter with the latest results tabulated in the Red Cup supercomputer:

So now let’s get a little nuts and look at the rest of the schedule and where these teams rank nationally in terms of pass defense yards per game allowed. This is out of the 77 teams who have played this season, so a top 40 ranking isn’t what it used to be for these folks.

  • Auburn - 35th
  • Vanderbilt - 39th
  • South Carolina - 41st
  • Texas A&M - 57th
  • Mississippi St. - 19th
  • LSU - 76th (yikes)

Clearly, there’s some opportunity there for Moore though teams can always adjust and scheme to try and deny him the ball. Which begs the question - how come no one has figured out how to do that yet?