When the Aggies run

Texas A&M rushed for 203 yards last week against a good Auburn defense. Ole Miss' defense, ranked 86 spots lower than Auburn nationally, has given up at least that many yards five times this season. A&M could be missing guard Jared Hocker, and other linemen are banged up, but running back Trayveon Williams could top 203 yards by himself against a unit that has allowed at least 5 yards a carry on half their opponents' rushes.


When the Aggies pass

Sophomore wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon has practiced this week and could see action after missing the last four games. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound sure-handed target should feel good playing against an Ole Miss defense that is allowing opponents to complete 63.1 percent of their passes for 8.3 yards per attempt and 19 touchdowns.


When the Rebels run

Ole Miss is so good throwing the football that it opens up lanes for Scottie Phillips, who ran for 98 yards against LSU and has had solid runs against everyone. Quarterback Jordan Ta'amu has 14 runs of at least 10 yards, but an ankle injury might limit his scrambling -- and his play-caller might fear giving A&M's front seven free shots, further shackling Ta'amu.


When the Rebels pass

Ta'amu has completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,001 yards and 16 touchdowns with only five interceptions this season. He has seven receivers averaging at least 10 yards per catch. The plethora of playmakers should flourish against a defense that has allowed 39 completions of 20 yards, 12 of them for touchdowns.


Special teams

Ole Miss' defensive problems bleed into the kicking game. The Rebels have allowed a punt return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown and rank poorly in most of the major statistics, including 111th in net punting, 114th in kickoff return coverage and 129th in punt return coverage.



A&M will be ecstatic to be playing at Kyle Field for the first time in more than a month. It'll be wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, even for an 11 a.m. kickoff. A&M needs a win in the worst way, so it won't take the pass-happy, defenseless Rebels lightly. Because of NCAA sanctions, the Rebels have only three games left, so Ole Miss can make its season by beating A&M or Mississippi State.



Stop Sternberger

Mississippi State and Auburn held Texas A&M tight end Jace Sternberger in check the last two games, limiting him to five catches combined.

Pressure Mond

A&M quarterback Kellen Mond committed four turnovers in the last two games and completed only 50 percent of his passes.

Get radical

Ole Miss averages 39 points per game. The Rebels' best chance might be in a shootout, making it worth the gamble to onside kick every time and go for it on fourth down once they cross their own 30-yard line.


Pressure Ta'amu

Ole Miss is going to score points, so A&M should blitz Jordan Ta'amu every play. Any combination of three incompletions or sacks in a row should result in an A&M touchdown.

Don't get greedy

Five straight Ole Miss opponents have scored at least 30 points. Just taking what the defense gives you should be plenty for the Aggies.

Don't ease up

Arkansas blew a 17-point lead against Ole Miss. It's a warning for the Aggies,who aren't good enough to relax against anyone.

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