The 2021 meeting between LSU and No. 12 Ole Miss will be a curious entry into their Magnolia Bowl rivalry.
The 12th-ranked Rebels are 5-1 and 2-1 in SEC play, jumping to their highest in-season ranking since 2016. The Tigers, meanwhile, are a team in transition. LSU on Sunday announced it was moving on from Ed Orgeron — just two years removed from the 2019 national championship season — but is keeping him on through the end of the 2021 campaign.
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Saturday’s meeting between the two teams could be the last time Orgeron coaches against Ole Miss, at least in the Magnolia Bowl. To date, he is 5-0 against the Rebels in this rivalry, and would likely like to keep his undefeated record intact. Conversely, Lane Kiffin — who once employed Orgeron at Tennessee and USC — will look to earn his first win in the series while keeping his team in the SEC West hunt with another marquee win.
The Rebels may be favored in Saturday’s game, but they come across a Tigers team that scored an upset over No. 20 Florida in Tiger Stadium. No player was more important in the upset bid than TIgers running back Tyrion Davis-Price, who rushed 36 times for 287 yards and three scores against the Gators. He will be a handful for the Ole Miss defense to handle, which surrendered 42 and 51 points, respectively, to Alabama and Arkansas this season.
Matt Corral should have a good game for the Rebels, especially considering the number of injuries LSU faces on defense in defensive end Ali Gaye and cornerbacks Elias Ricks and Derek Stingley. To date, Corral has 1,728 passing yards and 14 touchdowns to one interception. He also has 450 yards and eight rushing touchdowns.
Sporting News breaks down how to watch the SEC West rivalry between LSU and Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.:
What channel is LSU vs. Ole Miss on today?
The meeting between LSU and Ole Miss will be broadcast nationally on CBS. Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson will call the game from the booth, while Jamie Erdahl will serve as a sideline reporter. Gene Steratore will serve as a rules analyst on the broadcast.
LSU vs. Ole Miss start time
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 23
- Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
LSU vs. Ole Miss will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss.
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LSU schedule 2021
|at UCLA||Sept. 4||UCLA 38, LSU 27|
|vs. McNeese||Sept. 11||LSU 34, McNeese 7|
|vs. Central Michigan||Sept. 18||LSU 49, Central Michigan 21|
|at Mississippi State||Sept. 25||LSU 28, Mississippi State 25|
|vs. No. 22 Auburn||Oct. 2||Auburn 24, LSU 19|
|at No. 16 Kentucky||Oct. 9||Kentucky 42, LSU 21|
|vs. No. 20 Florida||Oct. 16||LSU 49, Florida 42|
|at No. 12 Ole Miss||Oct. 23||TBD|
|at No. 4 Alabama||Nov. 6||TBD|
|vs. Arkansas||Nov. 13||TBD|
|vs. Louisiana-Monroe||Nov. 20||TBD|
|vs. No. 17 Texas A&M||Nov. 27||TBD|
Ole Miss schedule 2021
|vs. Louisville (Atlanta)||Sept. 6||Ole Miss 43, Louisville 24|
|vs. Austin Peay||Sept. 11||Ole Miss 54, Austin Peay 17|
|vs. Tulane||Sept. 18||Ole Miss 61, Tulane 21|
|at No. 1 ALabama||Oct. 2||Alabama 42, Ole Miss 21|
|vs. No. 13 Arkansas||Oct. 9||Ole Miss 52, Arkansas 51|
|at Tennessee||Oct. 16||Ole Miss 31, Tennessee 26|
|vs. LSU||Oct. 23||TBD|
|at No. 19 Auburn||Oct. 30||TBD|
|vs. Liberty||Nov. 6||TBD|
|vs. No. 17 Texas A&M||Nov. 13||TBD|
|vs. Vanderbilt||Nov. 20||TBD|
|at Mississippi State||Nov. 25||TBD|