Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech Betting Odds & Picks: Back Rebels to Win Big

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Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images. Pictured: Luke Altmyer (Ole Miss)

  • Lane Kiffin and the Ole Miss Rebels have a nonconference game on the docket today, as his squad travels to Atlanta to face Geoff Collins and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
  • Updated odds make the Rebels -16.5 favorites, and we see betting value on them.
  • Check out Thomas Schlarp's full betting guide for this SEC/ACC matchup below.

Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech Odds

Saturday, Sept. 17
3:30 p.m. ET
Ole Miss Odds
-115o / -105u
Georgia Tech Odds
-115o / -105u
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute college football odds here.

Ole Miss will hope this is the first of potentially three trips to Atlanta this season, as the 20th-ranked Rebels play their first Power Five opponent of the year.

A quarterback battle still rages on for Ole Miss between sophomores Luke Altmyer and Jaxson Dart, with this game against Georgia Tech likely serving as the decisive moment for Lane Kiffin to name a starter for the season.

Georgia Tech's Geoff Collins sits squarely on the hot seat in his fourth year as head coach of the Yellow Jackets (1-1).

Does Georgia Tech have enough to jumpstart its season, or will the Rebels roll to 3-0?

Ole Miss Rebels

Despite Kiffin's offseason hope that the quarterback battle would be decided after two games, a late first-half injury to Altmyer last week against Central Arkansas has delayed the decision.

On Wednesday, he indicated he still hasn't chosen a starter and that both could play against Georgia Tech.

Dart, who started Week 1 against Troy, is 28-for-42 for 336 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while Altmyer has completed just seven of his 15 pass attempts for 103 yards, two scores and a pick. Dart led all SEC quarterback in Week 2 with six Big Time Throws on only 16 pass attempts.

Ole Miss, which operates the fastest offense in the country, has found the majority of its offensive success running the ball.

The Rebels rank 10th in Run Success Rate and 11th in rushing offense (249.5 yards per game). The ball is spread pretty evenly between TCU transfer Zach Evans and Quinshon Judkins, both of whom have over 180 yards rushing and one touchdown.

And while defensive numbers may not always be the best for Kiffin's units — thanks to the breakneck speed of the offense — Ole Miss has held seven straight opponents to 21 or fewer points, the longest active streak among Power Five teams.

This includes just 13 total points this season to Troy and Central Arkansas. 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Year four for Collins is already off to a rocky start following a blowout loss to Clemson and a Week 2 victory over Western Carolina in which the Yellow Jackets trailed 14-7.

The win last week ended a seven-game losing streak for Georgia Tech and improved Collins' record at the school to just 10-26.

Georgia Tech has continued its recent trend of anemic offenses (albeit 50% of stats from this season were against Clemson), with the Yellow Jackets ranking 65th and 108th in Rush and Pass Success Rates, respectively.

Quarterback Jeff Sims hasn't shown much improvement in his third season, completing less than 60% of his passes for just 264 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions this year.

Sims has added 89 yards running, but the Yellow Jackets are going to find themselves trailing early and in need of airing it out. Georgia Tech has just one completion of at least 20 yards in length, the second-fewest in the country.

Tech has only allowed 127 yards and 137 yards rushing against Clemson and Western Carolina, but it ranks 106th in Defensive Rush Success Rate.

The Yellow Jackets also rank 96th in guarding explosive plays, having allowed 31 plays of double-digit yardage through two weeks.

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Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech Matchup Analysis

Toggle the dropdowns below to hide or show how Ole Miss and Georgia Tech match up statistically:

Ole Miss Offense vs. Georgia Tech Defense
Rush Success10106
Line Yards1976
Pass Success6897
Pass Blocking**5270
Finishing Drives8695
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Georgia Tech Offense vs. Ole Miss Defense
Rush Success6529
Line Yards9511
Pass Success10852
Pass Blocking**8410
Finishing Drives627
** Pass Blocking (Off.) vs. Pass Rush (Def.)

Pace of Play / Other
PFF Tackling4884
PFF Coverage275
SP+ Special Teams8101
Seconds per Play9.7 (1)25.1 (44)
Rush Rate57.0% (46)54.7% (56)
Data via CollegeFootballData.com (CFBD), FootballOutsiders, SP+, Pro Football Focus and SportSource Analytics.

Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech Betting Pick

Quarterback uncertainty aside, Ole Miss has the clear advantage against the Yellow Jackets.

The Rebels should get out to an early lead in Atlanta, forcing Georgia Tech to rely more on a below-average passing attack.

It's going to be a long day for Sims against this defense.

Expect Evans and Judkins to have big days on the ground for Ole Miss and for the Rebels' defense to continue its improvement from a season ago.

Pick: Ole Miss -17

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