The No. 20 Ole Miss Rebels look to go undefeated in their first road game of the season against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday.
Ole Miss (2-0) is coming off a 59-3 victory over Central Arkansas last weekend. Georgia Tech (1-1) is coming off its first win of the season, beating West Carolina, 35-17.
The two teams have only met four times and the series is tied at 2-2. But, there was only one real “home” game for both teams, and that was in 1946, when Georgia Tech beat Ole Miss, 24-7, at Grant Field. Their other three encounters have come in bowl matches. They are tied 1-1 in Atlanta, with Ole Miss winning their 1971 bowl game, 41-18, in the Peach Bowl.
Their last meeting dates back to 2013 in Nashville at the Music City Bowl, won by Ole Miss 25-17. So the Rebels have a two-game winning streak in this game.
As for who will be the Ole Miss quarterback on Saturday, Coach Lane Kiffin spoke to the media on Monday. Luke Altmyer started last week’s game but left with an upper body injury and was replaced by Jaxson Dart, who started in Week 1. Kiffin did not name a starter, although he believes that ‘Altmyer has a chance to be ready on Saturday.
The Rebels have moved up in both the AP Top 25 and the SEC Fan Nation poll.
Here are the predictions from The Grove Report staff.
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Zack Dimmitt, Personal Editor: The Rebels will enter a hostile environment at Georgia Tech in a nationally televised game show. But Ole Miss will beat Tech’s rushing attack with his own three-headed monster against Zach Evans, Quinshon Judkins and Ulysses Bentley IV in what should be a blowout. Ole Miss 45, Georgia Tech 13
Matthew Postins, Editor: Fun fact: this will only be the second time these two teams have played a real home/road game. The not-so-fun fact for Ole Miss is that Georgia Tech won that one real home/road game. Do not hold this loss against the rebels. That was 1946. I’m not going to pretend to know what Coach Lane Kiffin will be doing at quarterback this week. But Ole Miss has enough talent to reach 3-0. Ole Miss 33, Georgia Tech 23
Cole Thompson, Staff Writer: Jason Dart? Luke Altmyer? Lane Kiffin? Either way, the Rebels win thanks to their ground game from Evans and Bentley. Ole Miss 34, Georgia Tech 14
Connor Zimmerlee, Editor: Ole Miss will hit the road to face Georgia Tech and come away with an easy 3-0 record heading into the conference game. Ole Miss 55, Georgia Tech 14
John Macon Gillespie, Publisher: Ole Miss should have no trouble handling the Yellow Jackets on the road this week, no matter who the quarterback is. Ole Miss 38, Georgia Tech 14
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