Mississippi Rebels at No. 7 LSU Tigers
Saturday, 11/17/12, 3:30 PM EST, TV: CBS
Opening Point Spread: LSU -20
Current Betting Line: LSU -18.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
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Mississippi needs one more win to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009, as it looks to snap a two-game losing streak, which includes a 27-26 setback to the Vanderbilt Commodores as 2.5-point home favorites. The Rebels are 58-140-2 all-time against ranked teams, but is the only SEC team without a turnover in the red zone this year, which makes them dangerous. Quarterback Bo Wallace is also coming off a 403-yard passing performance, which blew past his previous career-high of 305. Mississippi is 1-9 ATS in Weeks 10 through 13 the last two-plus seasons.
The Rebels have scored on 33 of their 35 red zone trips, which is second-best in the nation and tops in the conference. Wallace is definitely an offensive weapon, sitting fifth in the conference and 49th nationally in averaging 250.8 yards of total offense per game.
LSU is set to celebrate its Senior Day on Saturday, as it faces a non-ranked opponent for the first time in six contests, coming off a 37-17 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs as 14.5-point home favorites. The Tigers haven’t turned the ball over in three consecutive games, with quarterback Zach Mettenberger playing with great confidence, leading to the offense averaging 30.2 points and 391.3 total yards. The ground game has produced seven 100-yard rushers this season, with freshman Jeremy Hill leading the way in hitting that mark three times. LSU is 7-3 ATS as a favorite of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Tigers have won eight or more games for a school-record 13 straight years, as they look to improve upon their 49-7 record under Les Miles at Tiger Stadium, which includes a 10-4 mark in day games. LSU has gone 46 straight offensive possessions without a turnover, which fits nicely with the team’s 37-2 record when scoring 20 or more points since 2009. The program has won two straight and eight of the last 10 meetings in this series, including a 52-3 blowout victory as 30.5-point road favorites a year ago.
Sports bettors will likely back the Rebels due to the underdog going 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings in this series, while the Tigers are 2-6 ATS after allowing more than 280 yards passing.
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