My 5 Keys to The Bulldogs Leaving Oxford with a Win

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My 5 Keys to The Bulldogs Leaving Oxford with a Win

Kirby Smart post Missouri game presser (photo by Rob Saye)
Kirby Smart
(Photo by Rob Saye)

The Bulldogs have a very tough game ahead of them, as they head to Oxford, Mississippi to face the high-powered offense of the Ole Miss Rebels, but these are my five keys to how they can walk away from this game as the victor.

5. Trust in Jacob Eason
Jacob Eason may be a freshman quarterback, but he has shown that he is one of the most talented quarterbacks and that he can make big-time throws when the team needs him to do so. This could end up being a high-scoring affair, and the offense will have to put some trust in Eason, and his arm may end up leading the Dogs to victory for the second week in a row if they cut him loose once again.
4.Limit Special Teams Mistakes
The Bulldogs have had their share of struggles on special teams and these struggles have almost cost them the game the last two weeks. Ole Miss is the type of team who will capitalize on their opponents mistakes and miscues, so if the Bulldogs leave points on the field, then it may end up costing them this time.
3.Win the Turnover Battle
The Bulldogs did a great job, last week, of not giving up too many turnovers but also forcing turnovers. Ole Miss has not yet won the turnover battle in any of their previous game, and if the Bulldogs can keep that trend going, then they will set themselves up for victory.
2. Limit the Big Plays
The Bulldogs struggled in the first half of their game against Missouri in limiting the big plays, but if they do that this game, things could get out of hand quickly. Ole Miss has a very high-powered offense that runs through their quarterback Chad Kelly, and he is arguably the best quarterback in the SEC. Kelly is outstanding at hitting the deep man and is not afraid to make the tough throws. The Bulldogs will have to limit his big plays if they want to win this game.
1.Establish the Run
Ole Miss has gotten progressively worse each week in defending the run and gave up over 300 yards rushing to Alabama last week. The Bulldogs have struggled to run the ball but have the talent in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to have one of the most effective rushing attacks in the country. If the Bulldogs can find a way to get their running backs going, then they could exploit the Rebels struggling rush defense.
This game will most definitely be the Bulldogs toughest game yet, but if they can complete these five keys, then they have a great shot at coming home with a perfect record of (4-0).

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Michael Pope is a Journalism student in the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, with an emphasis in sports. He enjoys covering all sports, especially basketball, football, and baseball.