No. 20 Ole Miss faces his first test drive at Georgia Tech
No. 20 Ole Miss (2-0) at Georgia Tech (1-1), 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Series record: Tied 2-2.
WHAT IS AT STAKE?
Ole Miss faces his first road test of the season after opening with two home wins against lesser opposition. Coach Lane Kiffin is eager to see how a team that has relied heavily on the transfer portal will mesh on the trip to Atlanta. Georgia Tech snapped a seven-game losing streak with last week’s win over FCS Western Carolina, but coach Geoff Collins desperately needs a win like this to stave off speculation about his coming. The Yellow Jackets are just 1-9 against Top 25 opposition during his tenure.
Georgia Tech QB Jeff Sims against Ole Miss defense. Sims is considered key to a turnaround season in Atlanta, but he’s off to a slow start with an interception in each of the first two games. The Sims finished just 8 of 17 for 100 yards against West Carolina. Now he faces an aggressive unit that allowed just 13 points. Ole Miss ranks in the top 10 nationally in sacks per game (4.0) and forced turnovers (six).
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ole Miss: QB Jaxson Dart and Luke Altmyer. Dart, a transfer from Southern Cal, started the opener but put on a lackluster performance. Altmyer was given the nod last week, but an injury ruled him out. Altmyer was not seriously injured and should be able to face Georgia Tech. Kiffin did not name a starter and said he expected both quarterbacks to play.
Georgia Tech: RB Dontae Smith rushed for 102 yards and scored three touchdowns on just 11 carries in the 35-17 win over the Catamounts. Overall, the Yellow Jackets finished with 243 yards rushing and 7.1 yards per carry. They’ll need another great performance on the field to help keep Ole Miss’ fast attack off the field.
FACTS AND FIGURES
This is only the second regular season meeting between the schools, although both were members of the Southeastern Conference from 1933 to 1963. Georgia Tech won 24-7 at Atlanta on Oct. 12, 1946. . … The teams have met in three bowl matches, most recently at the 2013 Music City Bowl won by Ole Miss 25-17. ..Georgia Tech PK Jude Kelley only made 1 of 3 field goals. He missed a 25-yarder against West Carolina. … Ole Miss has held seven consecutive opponents to 21 points or less, the longest active streak among Power 5 teams. … Ole Miss RB Quinshon Judkins (95.5) and Zach Evans (91.5) are the only pair of teammates in the country with an average of more than 90 yards on the ground. … TE Michael Trigg, who transferred to Ole Miss from Southern Cal, ranks No. 9 nationally with three TD receptions.
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