The Ole Miss Landsharks defense hasn't lived up to the standards that were set by the 2014 Rebels, but the Ole Miss offense is on the verge of establishing new school records.
Quarterback Chad Kelly has guided the Rebels to a 7-3 record, 4-2 in the SEC West, tied with LSU and Arkansas for second-place behind Alabama (5-1). The Rebels are just 35 points shy of the school record of 442 set in 2003.
If Ole Miss continues piling up points and yardage, the Rebels will also surpass the single-season record of 6,153 yards.
Kelly has completed 237 of 361 passes for 3,224 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He leads the SEC with 322.4 yards passing per game. Those stats rank 11th in the nation. The junior is on pace to break nearly all of the single-season passing records in Ole Miss history.
Kelly ranks fourh in passing yards, fourth in pass completions, fourth in touchdowns passes, third in total offense yards (3,496) and fourt in touchdowns responsible for (30). To establish new Ole miss records Kelly needs 377 yards passing, 47 completions, nine touchdowns, 206 more total offense yards and three more touchdowns responsible for.
He could break those records in Saturday's SEC clash against LSU. The Tigers defense has been giving up big plays all season long. With Kelly and a highly talented receiving corps, the Rebels could have a big offensive outburst.
Look for Kelly to keep a close eye on wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. He leads the SEC in receptions (6.8/game) and receiving yards (100.2/game), which both rank top 15 in the nation. Treadwell holds the Ole Miss record with five straight games with 100 receiving yards. He already holds the school-record of six 100-yard receiving games this season.
Treadwell is only 11 catches from surpassing Chris Collins for career total catches, which stands at 198. Laquon is only just 133 yards behind the season total of 1,135 total yards receiving. Shay Hodge presently holds the record that was set in 2009.
If the LSU defensive front is unable to put heat on Kelly, look for a number of those records to fall on Saturday.
It will be interesting to see how LSU players will perform. Reports out of Baton Rouge say Tigers head coach Les Miles is facing what could be must-wins over Ole Miss and Texas A&M. If the Tigers fall to the Rebels and Aggies, Miles coaching career in Baton Rouge could be nearing an end.
If Miles is able to lead LSU past Ole Miss and Texas A&M, Les will shut down those rumors. Will Miles have to make some coaching adjustments on his staff? I believe Miles will have to make some coaching changes beginning with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
If teams shut down the Tigers run game, LSU is in trouble. Fans are eager to have the Tigers upgrade an offensive attack that has relied heavily on the run. Fans are running out of patience while watching the lack of an explosive and consistent passing game.
I believe the jury is still out on LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. The defense has been giving up too many big plays and fans are not happy.
One minute a team can be on top of the mountain and two games later, that mountain can turn into a mole hill. LSU has dropped from No. 2 in the nation to No. 15 following back-to-back losses to the Crimson Tide and the Razorbacks.
Ole Miss could have a determining factor in the future of LSU head coach Les Miles. The Rebels are a 4 1/2 point favorite over the Tigers.
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