Here’s Some Terrible Ole Miss Run Defense Stats

Stephen Johnson showed incredible grit against Tennessee and wore a sling to protect his non-throwing shoulder during post-game interviews.

I don’t think Saturday’s game against Ole Miss will be an easy win for Kentucky, but one things’s for certain… We will run the ball down their throats the entire game. Coming off a great ground performance against the Volunteers that saw UK run for 289 yards, 4 touchdowns, and an average of 8 yards per carry, the Ole Miss defense is going to be in a tough place to stop that momentum in Lexington this weekend.  Out of 129 teams, Ole Miss ranks 126th in run defense. Through eight games, opponents have ran for 2,084 yards against the Rebels, averaging 5.66 yards per carry and 260.5 yards per game. Following a breakout game for the 2017 season, Benny Snell will be hungry for carries, and he will have plenty of opportunity. Lynn Bowden is also likely to get some plays out of wildcat and I look for him to score his first TD of the season in the first half tomorrow.

The opportunity for a promising run attack comes at a good time for the Wildcats, as Stephen Johnson nurses a sore left shoulder following his gutsy performance in last week’s win over Tennessee. Johnson will definitely be under center for the Cats, but will be relied on less for scrambling out of pocket and will hopefully take fewer hits than he does in a typical week.

The Ole Miss offense has a lot more strength than the Tennessee team we saw last week. Even without standout QB Shea Patterson, the Rebels have had no trouble putting up big points in recent weeks. Last week, backup QB Jordan Ta’amu threw for 368 yards to a very talented receiving corps and posted 37 points, only to watch their defense fall apart and let the game slip out of their hands to a shaky Arkansas team.

I’ll be covering the game from the press box at Kroger Field, so be sure to follow @businessraptor  on Twitter for in-game insights and updates.