The last game of the 2023 season for Ole Miss is the eagerly anticipated Peach Bowl against Penn State. Could we see these bold predictions happen by the end of the game?
Ole Miss to put up 30+ points against Penn State
The highest amount a team has scored was 24 points, happening twice against Michigan and Indiana. In their 12 games this season, they are allowing an average of just under 12 points per game.
The stats above show the task at hand for the Ole Miss offense. However, they have shown across most of the season they are capable of scoring frequently. The Rebels have passed the 30+ point mark seven times this season. However, the offense has struggled against the better defences in the SEC, in Georgia and Alabama.
Putting up 30 points doesn't seem difficult in most scenarios in college football. However, Ole Miss are coming up against Penn State and the number 1 defense in college football.
Quinshon Judkins to have 146+ rushing yards
Following on from the bold prediction against a tough Penn State defense, what about rushing yards? Penn State have allowed an average of 69.7 rush yards per game this season. It puts the Nittany Lions way out in front as the number-one rushing defense in the country.
The number would have been even more impressive if you took away the meeting against Michigan. The Wolverines put up 227 rushing yards, with star running back Blake Corum having 145.
No player has come close to 146 rushing yards against the Penn State defense, with many coming ways short of the 100-yard mark. Can the Rebel's star running back Quinshon Judkins, make it past Corum's total?
The Ole Miss defense to have three turnovers in the game
The above is another tough bold prediction with the stats that Penn State have set this season. The Nittany Lions quarterback has only thrown one interception all season. That is just one of only six turnovers the opposition has given up, with the five others fumbles lost.
Ole Miss have 16 turnovers this season, with 12 being interceptions. It starts from the front, putting pressure on quarterback Drew Allar. They will have to do this without star defensive end Cedric Johnson. However, they still have quality defensive players to rush the QB.
Penn State looks after the ball very well despite struggling to move the chains in the big games. It would be a massive edge in winning the game if Ole Miss could force some turnovers.