Mississippi-Georgia Preview Capsule

Mississippi-Georgia Preview Capsule
November 1, 2012, 11:44 am
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Mississippi (5-3, 2-2 SEC) at No. 7 Georgia (7-1, 5-1), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

Line: Georgia by 14.

Series Record: Georgia leads 31-12-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Georgia, coming off a win over Florida, is trying to protect its control of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. By beating Ole Miss and winning at Auburn next week, Georgia would make a return trip to the SEC championship game in Atlanta. The Rebels are playing for their third straight win and their second straight road victory after beating Arkansas last week. With a win, Ole Miss becomes bowl eligible.

KEY MATCHUP

Ole Miss LB Denzel Nkemdiche vs. Georgia TB Todd Gurley in a matchup of freshmen. Nkemdiche, from Loganville, Ga., leads the Rebels with 52 tackles, including nine for losses. Gurley had 27 carries for 118 yards in the 17-9 win over Florida to become the first 100-yard rusher against the Gators this season. Gurley ranks third in the SEC with 740 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns, keeping the offense balanced with Aaron Murray's 17 TD passes.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ole Miss: QB Bo Wallace directs the fast-paced offense that is averaging 32.4 points, including a combined 71 points in back-to-back wins over Auburn and Arkansas. Wallace set career highs with 29 completions and 37 attempts while passing for 278 yards with a touchdown and an interception last week against Arkansas, signs of the sophomore's continued growth.

Georgia: OLB Jarvis Jones needs more disruptive plays against the Rebels' up-tempo attack after he had a career-high 13 tackles with three sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries against Florida.

FACTS & FIGURES

Ole Miss defensive coordinator Dave Wommack faced Georgia for three straight years as the Georgia Tech defensive coordinator until he was fired after the 2009 ACC championship season. ... Georgia has won nine straight in the series since the Rebels' last win in Athens in 1996. ... Ole Miss has lost to two ranked teams this year, Texas and Alabama. Its last win over a ranked team came against No. 18 Oklahoma State in the 2010 Cotton Bowl. ... Georgia is 17-4-1 against Ole Miss in Athens. ... Gurley and Keith Marshall have combined for 1,232 yards rushing and 15 TDs. The most yards rushing by a freshman tandem of running backs at Georgia is 1,567 by Thomas Brown and Danny Ware in 2004. Gurley is on pace to become the third Georgia freshman to rush for 1,000 yards, after Herschel Walker (1,616) in 1980 and Knowshon Moreno (1,334) as a redshirt freshman in 2007. ... Georgia has played 13 freshmen this season, tied for sixth-most in the nation.