Auburn’s defensive front against the Ole Miss rushing offense. The Rebels lead the SEC in rushing at 276.6 yards per game but face a sturdy defense led by linemen Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson. Ole Miss QB John Rhys Plumlee has already run for 508 yards.
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Ole Miss: RBs Jerrion Ealy and Scottie Phillips have combined for 922 rushing yards and Plumlee has emerged as a big weapon on the ground. The trio have combined for 13 rushing touchdowns.
Auburn: QB Bo Nix has been up and down, but has been strongest at home. With backup Joey Gatewood leaving the team and planning to transfer, there is no real Plan B for the offense.
Both teams start freshman quarterbacks. … Plumlee needs just 36 yards to break the school’s single-season rushing record for a quarterback. … Auburn and Texas are the only teams to have already faced three bowl-eligible teams. The Tigers are the only team in this week’s Top 25 to have faced three opponents that are also currently ranked. … The Ole Miss offense has gotten 84.5 percent of its yards from freshmen, most of any team nationally. Six freshmen have started games. … Auburn’s Davidson is second in the SEC with 5.5 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss. Rebels nose tackle Benito Jones is tied for fourth with 8.0 TFLs.
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