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College Football Mississippi Rebels at Tulane Green Wave Preview: Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

College Football Week 4 continues on Saturday and we will see the Mississippi Rebels travel to take on the Tulane Green Wave. The game is scheduled for a 12:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on Fox Sports Network Currently the odds for the game have Mississippi favored by 19 points, while the total sits at 54. Currently 74% of the Public is on Mississippi, while 62% is on the Under. Find out what side the Public is taking on all the games by clicking HERE.

Free Analysis: Under the direction of first-year head coach Hugh Freeze, the Rebels' season started off with a pair of impressive wins against Central Arkansas (49-27) and UTEP (28-10), with the two wins already matching their total from all of last season. That led up to a highly-anticipated home game against Big 12 power Texas last week in prime time, but Ole Miss ended up taking a step backwards in the bout, losing 66-31 in front of the largest crowd Vaught- Hemingway Stadium has ever held for a non-conference game (61,797). The Ole Miss offense has been clicking in the early going this season, amassing more than 500 total yards per game. The 108 points is the most the team has scored through its first three games since it tallied 117 back in 2003. The biggest reason for the offensive explosion is due to the emergence of sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace, who has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes (48-of-70) for 616 yards and six touchdowns, and he's also rushed for 143 yards and a pair of scores. The chemistry between Wallace and his top receiver Donte Moncrief (18 catches, 320 yards, three TDs) is undeniable. The duo has connected on a touchdown strike of 50 yards or more in each of the first three games, while the running game has amassed 735 yards (5.9 ypc) and seven touchdowns in the early going. The defensive blunder the team put up in the Texas game mostly offset the positive work the unit put in during the first two games as it now sits with some rather ugly stats (34.3 ppg, 444.7 ypg).

Tulane had hoped that a new coach would help change the culture, but so far it has been more of the same. Curtis Johnson's bunch dropped its first two games of the season at home to Rutgers (24-12) and on the road in its Conference-USA opener at Tulsa (45-10). It's been more than a calendar year since the Green Wave last claimed a victory, losing 12 straight. Unlike Ole Miss, Tulane has displayed one of the most lackluster offenses in the FBS this season, scoring a combined 22 points in its first two games while tallying less than 220 total yards per contest. Senior quarterback Ryan Griffin's impressive completion percentage (.672) may seem to contradict the Green Wave's offensive struggles, but he has averaged just 157 passing yards per game with one touchdown and one interception. Tulane's running game has been virtually non-existent, putting up an embarrassing 15 total yards over two games -- thanks in large part to the 11 sacks its QBs have taken. The offense has done the defense no favors in the early going, but it's hard excusing the unit's performance (34.5 ppg, 480 ypg). The Green Wave have a difficult time getting pressure on the quarterback, with Julius Warmsley recording the only sack. Big plays in the secondary are sparse as well, although Ryan Travis has done more than his share through two games with an interception and a fumble recovery.

Free Pick: I like Ole Miss in this one. Tulane has just too many problems on both side of the ball to think they can be competitive in this one. In their last game vs Tulsa, the Green Wave lost by 35 points and were outgained by a whopping 474 yards.  Tulane has just 15 totals yards rushing so far and that has allowed defenses to tee off on Tulane QB’s to the tune of 11 sacks so far. Ole Miss had a bad year last year as they went just 2-10, but under new HC Freeze they are playing with much more vigor and confidence and after getting blown out by Texas last week I look for them to get back on track with a blowout win of their own. Ole Miss is 5-1 SU & ATS before playing Alabama and Should win this one by 21+ points. 

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