Arkansas at Ole Miss Opening Odds: Rebels Listed Touchdown Favorites Over Razorbacks
Wesley Hitt/Getty Images. Pictured: Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral.
|Arkansas Spread||+6.5 (-105)|
|Ole Miss Spread||-6.5 (-115)|
|Time||12 p.m. ET|
|Odds via DraftKings. Get up-to-the-minute college football odds here.|
No. 13-ranked Arkansas visits No. 16-ranked Ole Miss for a Saturday matinee in the Southeastern Conference.
This rivalry dates all the way back to 1908 and the two teams have played each other annually since 1981.
While Arkansas has controlled the recent history of the rivalry, Ole Miss did pull off back-to-back wins in 2018 and 2019.
The Razorbacks opened 6.5-point underdogs at DraftKings with -110 juice, though that vig moved to -105 on Monday.
Ole Miss is given the extra respect by virtue of being at home and because of its perceived personnel advantages.
The Rebels were projected to finish two spots higher in the SEC West than the Razorbacks during the conference’s preseason media rankings.
Arkansas’ win total was listed at just 5.5 heading into the season, a mark that they’re on pace to easily clear.
Ole Miss, by comparison, was given a preseason win total of 7.5.
Arkansas Is Perhaps The SEC’s Biggest Early-Season Surprise
The Razorbacks have decidedly outperformed projections this season. They opened the season by ripping off four straight victories, including ones over then-No. 15 ranked Texas and then-No. 7 ranked Texas A&M.
Still, those teams have turned out to be worse than expected, and Arkansas is coming off a debilitating 37-0 shutout loss to No. 2-ranked Georgia. Georgia might just be that much better than the rest of the competition, though.
While Arkansas should clear its preseason win total with ease, there is a chance it tumbles out of the rankings soon. After this tilt in Mississippi, the Razorbacks host No. 18-ranked Auburn in a matchup Arkansas has won just once since 2012.
They then play two winnable home games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mississippi State before facing LSU and Alabama on the road.
Should they suffer losses against Auburn, LSU and Alabama, the Razorbacks would need to win their three other games to become bowl eligible.
Arkansas ranks 19th in the country and fifth in the SEC in total rush yards per game — a focal point of their offense. They average over 200 yards per game on the ground as opposed to roughly 175 per game in the air.
Is Lane Kiffin For Real?
Ole Miss is coming off of a similar blowout loss against SEC royalty.
The Rebels were down as much as 35 to Alabama before scoring three garbage-time touchdowns in a 42-21 rout.. It was a pure Nick Saban masterclass.
The Rebels had previously ripped off dominant wins over Tulane, Austin Peay and Louisville to peak at No. 12 in the AP Poll.
The Lane Kiffin-led squad has one of the most potent offenses in the nation, led by Heisman candidate Matt Corral.
Corral had been the co-favorite heading into Ole Miss’ bout with Alabama. The quarterback now owns the second-shortest odds behind the Tide’s Bryce Young.
The Rebels are 15th in the nation in passing yards with about 310 yards per game, a mark that’s good for second in the SEC behind LSU.
Don’t sleep on the rushing attack, though.
Despite putting up about 140 yards more per game than Arkansas does in the air, Ole Miss has been successful on the ground, too. The Rebels rank 18th in the country and fourth in the SEC with 212.7 rushing yards per game.