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Preview: Tennessee at Ole Miss

Seventh-ranked Tennessee looks to keep pace in its quest for the SEC regular-season title, after losing twice in the last three games, when they pay a visit to dangerous Ole Miss on Wednesday night. The Volunteers were routed at No. 4 Kentucky and lost in overtime at No. 14 LSU on consecutive Saturdays to fall into a tie with those two for first place in the league to start the week.

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Tennessee had a two-point lead in the final seconds of overtime at LSU before giving up a rebound basket and fouling with less than one second remaining after missing a 3-pointer to lose 82-80 on Saturday. “When we don’t execute the way I think we need to, you learn from it, and we need to look at the things that we need to do to continue to get better,” Volunteers coach Rick Barnes told reporters. “We know we are going to be in games like this the rest of the way. … We have got to make sure we know how to handle situations, and we have to do a better job obviously.” The Rebels have won five of their last six games but don’t own a win over a team currently ranked this season, so beating Tennessee would help impress the NCAA Tournament selection committee. “They’ve got great character, depth and physicality that you’ll have to match,” Ole Miss coach Kermit Davis told reporters of the Volunteers. “Our guards are going to have to be terrific in the game. I know this, this place will be rocking on (Wednesday).”

TV: 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network

ABOUT TENNESSEE (24-3, 12-2, SEC): Barnes would like to see a few changes on offense, telling reporters: “Our guards do need to get fouled more. The only way they are going to do that is being more aggressive attacking the basket as opposed to settling for jump shots.” Junior forward Grant Williams tops the team in scoring (19.0) and rebounding (7.6) while senior guard Admiral Schofield adds 16.9 points per game after scoring 27 at LSU. Junior point guard Jordan Bone runs the show, averaging a team-high 6.3 assists, and is 17-of-30 from the field over the last three contests.

ABOUT OLE MISS (19-8, 9-5): Junior guard Breein Tyree leads the team in scoring (18.4) on 48 percent shooting from the field and is averaging 21.1 over the past nine games. Senior guard Terence Davis does a little bit of everything, scoring 15.6 per contest while leading the team in rebounds (5.9) and assists (3.4). Sophomore guard Devontae Shuler is averaging 12.8 points the last four games after scoring 16 on Saturday in a win over Georgia to push his season mark to 9.8 with a team-high 1.8 steals.

TIP-INS

1. Davis needs two made 3-pointers to pass Jason Harrison (163) for seventh on the Rebels’ all-time list.

2. Tennessee junior Gs Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner are a combined 12-of-51 from the field the last three games.

3. Ole Miss senior F Bruce Stevens managed nine points combined the last two games after matching his season high with 17 versus Missouri.

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Fanpicks.com College Football Bowl Game Preview

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL
Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma State

Fanpicks.com is proud to bring you one of the oldest college playoff tradition – Allstate Sugar Bowl game preview featuring Ole Miss against Oklahoma State. This will also prove to be an exciting game… but the winning laurels will be had by Ole Miss; defeating Oklahoma State 33-24. Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com.

After a humbling defeat a year ago in the postseason, Ole Miss looks to make amends when it takes on Oklahoma State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 1 in New Orleans. The Rebels absorbed a 42-3 loss in last season’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against TCU and now must contend with another talented team from the Big 12. The Cowboys started 10-0 and had hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff before ending the regular season with back-to-back losses.

Ole Miss junior defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche – the team’s best defensive player – fell 15 feet twice from a window in mid-December and had to be hospitalized. The team announced Dec. 20 that Nkemdiche, who was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession following the incident, will be suspended for the bowl game. “I have learned a valuable lesson in the last week, and I look forward to showing NFL personnel that this is not representative of my true character,” said Nkemdiche, who announced he will enter the NFL draft, where he likely will be a top-10 pick. “I want to thank my coaches, my teammates and Rebel Nation for their support these past three years, and I look forward to making them proud for years to come.”

Oklahoma State has some injury issues of its own with quarterback Mason Rudolph employing a walking boot on his right foot with the bowl game less than two weeks away. Still, coach Mike Gundy seems to be unconcerned about the status of Rudolph and two of his weapons, tight end Blake Jarwin (ribs) and fullback Jeremy Seaton (undisclosed). Rudolph led the Big 12 with 57 passes of 20 yards or more and finished his sophomore regular season with 3,591 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

OKLAHOMA STATE Season Overview (10-2, 7-2 Big 12): The Cowboys rank in the top 10 nationally in passing yards (seventh) and points per game (ninth). They have tons of weapons on offense, but sophomore wide receiver James Washington (52 catches, 1,077 yards, 10 touchdowns) is the best of the bunch. Oklahoma State’s running game is relatively mediocre with only Chris Carson (504 yards) having amassed more than 300 and the team averaging just 3.7 yards per carry.

OLE MISS Season Overview (9-3, 6-2 SEC): The Rebels’ offense is centered around dynamic receiver Laquon Treadwell (76 catches, 1,082 yards, eight TDs), who had found the end zone in six straight games prior to a quiet day against Mississippi State to end the regular season. Chad Kelly threw 27 touchdowns during the year, including three in a signature win against Alabama back in September. A one-point overtime loss to a strong Arkansas team is the only thing separating Ole Miss from entering the postseason on a five-game winning streak.

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Texas A&M Aggies versus Mississippi Rebels

College Football DFS Picks 10-24-2015

From college football the Mississippi Rebels will be hosting the Texas A&M Aggies. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to ESPN TV on Saturday night October 24th at 7PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The teams met last season with Ole Miss posting the 35-20 upset road victory. Texas A&M outgained the Rebels by 120 yards but turnovers were a factor in the game as the Aggies had a -3 margin for the game. Texas A&M had no success running the football with 54 yards rushing on 35 carries.

Texas A&M is looking to rebound after a 41-23 home defeat last week to the Alabama Crimson Tide. The loss dropped the club to 5-1 on the year. Alabama just looked too big and strong for the Aggies. Texas A&M had no luck rushing with 32 yards on 25 carries. The Aggies had no answer for the Crimson Tide’s rushing attack as they posted 258 yards for over 5 ½ yards per carry. Texas A&M is ranked 96th in the nation in run defense by allowing an average of 195 yards per game on the ground.

Mississippi fell to 5-2 as they traveled to Memphis and were beaten 37-24 in an upset loss. Surprisingly an SEC power like the Rebels couldn’t run a lick against an AAC team as Ole Miss had 40 yards on the ground on 24 carries. Defensively they had trouble defending Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch who threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns with just one pick. The Rebels had their problems extending drives by going 4 of 13 on third down. Mississippi is 72nd in the nation in defending the pass as they surrender 229 yards per game.

Texas A&M Aggies QB:

Kyle Allen

The Aggies starting quarterback is hitting on 61% of his throws this year for 1537 yards with 14 touchdowns and 5 picks. Allen had a poor game in the loss to the Crimson Tide last week by completing 20 of his 40 throws for 263 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. He has shown some run ability like he did in the win against Mississippi St three weeks ago as he rushed for 65 yards on 12 carries. Allen is just a sophomore.

Texas A&M Aggies RB:

Tra Carson

The Aggies senior running back has 108 carries on the campaign for 476 yards with four touchdowns. In the passing game Carson has a receiving touchdown as he grabbed 13 balls for 116 yards.

Texas A&M WR:

Christian Kirk

Kirk leads Texas A&M with 39 catches for 609 yards with four touchdowns. He is averaging 15.6 yards per reception on the campaign. In the loss to Alabama, Kirk had seven receptions for 90 yards with no touchdown grabs for the second straight game.

Josh Reynolds

This junior wide receiver has been a big play threat for the Aggies as he is averaging 20.9 yards per reception. Reynolds has 21 receptions for 439 yards with three catches. He has come up big in the three games against the SEC with 13 catches for 197 yards with 19.7 yards per reception average.

Mississippi Rebels QB:

Chad Kelly

The junior signal caller has completed 65% of his throws for 2234 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven picks. In the loss to Memphis Kelly went 33 of 47 for 372 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. He has six interceptions thrown over his past four games.

Mississippi Rebels RB:

Jaylen Walton

Walton has 58 carries for 331 yards with three touchdowns. He is rushing for 5.7 yards per run on the season. It was only 7 carries for Walton last week for 39 yards. It was a struggle three weeks back at Florida with 23 yards rushing on nine carries for 2.6 yards per attempt.

Mississippi Rebels WR:

Laquon Treadwell

The junior wide out has 49 receptions for 654 yards with four touchdowns. He is averaging 13.3 yards per reception on the campaign. Treadwell had a season high 14 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown.

College Football Real Money Fantasy League Picks

QB: Kyle Allen (Texas A&M)

RB: Tra Carson (Texas A&M)

WR: Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss), Josh Reynolds (Texas A&M)

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Mississippi Rebels versus Alabama Crimson Tide
College Football Fantasy Picks 9-19-2015

Two SEC conference heavyweights meet as the Alabama Crimson Tide will host the Mississippi Rebels. College football draft GMs can tune to ESPN on Saturday September 19th at 9:15PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

Alabama will be out for some revenge in this one as it was the Mississippi Rebels posting the 23-17 victory on their home field. The Rebels threw the ball effectively in the win for 251 yards. But that was behind a senior quarterback who has left the program. Ole Miss was down 17-10 entering the final period when they answered with 13 fourth quarter points and held the Crimson Tide offense scoreless.

Ole Miss has a record of 2-0 on the year. They have victories against Tennessee Martin and Fresno St as they scored over 70 points in each game. In the win against Fresno St the Rebels outgained the Bulldogs by 291 yards.

Alabama is 2-0 as well. They have a tough test in week one facing Wisconsin on a neutral field and came away with a 35-17 victory. Last week at home to Middle Tennessee St it was a 37-10 home win. In the win against the Badgers the Crimson Tide outgained the Badgers by 234 yards with 238 yards coming from their run game. Alabama stuffed the Wisconsin run game to just 40 yards for the game and an anemic 1.9 yards a carry.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

The senior QB is hitting 64% of his passes with two touchdowns and a pick. He had a touchdown pass against Wisconsin as he completed 15 of 21 throws.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

Derrick Henry

Henry leads the Crimson Tide on the ground with 243 rushing yards on 31 carries for nearly 8 yards a carry. He has six rushing touchdowns. In his step up game against Wisconsin Henry had 147 rushing yards with three touchdowns and over 11 yards per carry.

Kenyon Drake

The senior has 16 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown. In the Wisconsin game Drake ran 10 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. He had a long run of 43 yards. In the passing game Drake has seven grabs for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

Robert Fraser

The sophomore wide out has eight grabs for 99 yards and two touchdowns. He had a touchdown reception against Wisconsin.

Alabama Crimson Tide TE:

O.J. Howard

Howard has seven catches for 107 yards with a long gain of 42 yards. Against Wisconsin the tight end caught three passes for 37 yards.

Mississippi Rebels QB:

Chad Kelly

The junior quarterback has hit on 72% of his throws for 557 yards with six touchdowns and a pick. He put up some big numbers last week against Fresno St with 346 yards passing and four touchdowns in the win.

Mississippi Rebels RB:

Jaylen Walton

A senior back Jaylen Walton has seen work in all four years with the program. Last year Walton rushed for 586 yards with five touchdowns and a very good 5.5 yards per rush average. Walton has rushed just nine times in 2015 and ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Because the first two games of this season were blowouts the Rebels rotated several backs in the wins against Fresno St and Tennessee Martin.

Eugene Brazley

A sophomore who had 28 carries in 2014 in his freshman campaign. Brazley in 2015 has 10 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

Mississippi Rebels WR:

Cody Core:

The senior wide receiver leads the Rebels with eight catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

College Football Daily Fantasy Picks

QB: Chad Kelly (Mississippi)

RB: Jaylen Walton (Mississippi), Derrick Henry (Alabama)

WR: Cody Core (Mississippi), Robert Fraser (Alabama)

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