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Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M: Game Grades, Analysis for Rebels and Aggies

Bo Wallace ran for a pair of touchdowns during the first quarter, and the third-ranked Ole Miss Rebels defense flat-out demolished the No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies 35-20.


Ole Miss

The outcome was hardly ever in doubt, and the Rebels' grades certainly reflect their outstanding performance Saturday evening.

Pass Offense: Save for a single throw, Bo Wallace had a brilliant night under center. The senior quarterback finished the game 13-of-19 for 178 yards, connecting with Quincy Adeboyejo for a 33-yard touchdown. Laquon Treadwell added five receptions for 53 yards.

Run Offense: Though Ole Miss didn't rely on the ground game, Wallace and Jaylen Walton rushed for 50 and 49 yards, respectively. Most importantly, however, the Rebels' offensive line was absolutely stellar throughout the blowout.

Pass Defense: The box score shows a 79.2 percent completion clip for Kenny Hill, but the Landsharks forced checkdowns and dump-offs all night long. Cody Prewitt's pick-six gave Ole Miss a 21-point lead that completely silenced the record-setting Kyle Field crowd.

Run Defense: Admittedly, Texas A&M does not have a formidable rushing attack, so it's no surprise the Rebels locked the Aggies down. With that being said, Ole Miss still limited the A&M backs to 54 yards on 35 carries.

Special Teams: From the outset, the Rebels won all three phases—Walton opened the game with a 40-yard kick return. Will Gleason averaged 42.7 yards per punt, and Gary Wunderlich's extra point that ricocheted off the upright and in was the lone near-mistake.

Coaching: Hugh Freeze may have pieced together the best defense in the entire nation. Under his leadership, Ole Miss has become a national title threat. The Rebels coaching staff called a flawless game en route to a dominant conference victory.


Texas A&M 

Pass Offense: Kenny Hill picked apart the Ole Miss defense for 401 yards and two touchdowns, right? Wrong. The sophomore managed just 204 of his final tally while the Rebels built at 35-7 lead, spending the fourth quarter facing a prevent-heavy defense and racking up his yards that way.

Run Offense: "Nonexistent" seems like a suitable way to describe the Texas A&M ground game. Tra Carson, Brandon Williams, Trey Williams and Hill combined to manage a pitiful 1.5 yards per attempt.

Pass Defense: Myles Garrett is inching closer toward the SEC freshman sack record, and that's the only positive thing Texas A&M's pass defense has at this point.

Run Defense: The longest run the Aggies surrendered gained just 16 yards, but the Aggies struggled to contain zone reads and jet sweeps. Ultimately, Texas A&M's front seven wasn't shredded but couldn't stop Ole Miss, either.

Special Teams: Though a fake field goal failed terribly, Josh Lambo tacked on a pair of extra points. Drew Kaser blasted six punts and earned a 50.7-yard average, bolstering his #Kaser4Heisman campaign once again.

Coaching: What exactly was Kevin Sumlin thinking when he called that fake field goal down 21 points? Does Texas A&M even know what defense is? What has happened to the Aggies' explosive offense? Yeah, it was a bad night for the coaches.


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Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss: How Rebels' Win Reshapes Playoff Picture

No. 3 Ole Miss (6-0 overall, 3-0 SEC) earned its keep as one of the top teams in the nation after handily defeating No. 14 Texas A&M 35-20 for a crucial SEC road win.

The Rebels' 15-point victory doesn't so much shake up the rankings as it does confirm one undeniable fact: The state of Mississippi is the dominant force in college football right now. 

Their defense is nearly impenetrable and scores about as often as it allows others to do the same, per SportsCenter:

The Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0) defeated No. 2 Auburn (5-1, 2-1) by a score of 38-23 and look like the cream of the Southeastern Conference crop with Dak Prescott at the helm.

Considering No. 1 Florida State went on cruise control against Syracuse, save for quarterback Jameis Winston, expect one of the Mississippi squads to top the polls next week.

Here is a look at the performances of AP Top-10 teams after Saturday and what those results mean for the inaugural College Football Playoff:

Kenny Hill is a fine college quarterback, but the last two weeks have proved that he is no world beater, and the SEC West belongs to either Ole Miss or Mississippi State.

CBS Sports' Gary Parrish thinks the national title conversation starts (and perhaps ends) with these two teams:

Alabama (5-1, 2-1) may have defeated Arkansas (3-3, 0-3), but its limp, mistake-riddled performance doesn't bode well for its future. The Crimson Tide fumbled twice on special teams and committed a number of boneheaded penalties.

Voters likely won't forget this desultory display, which likely drops them below Auburn in the eyes of many observers. However, a win is a win and a one-loss Alabama could move up should either Mississippi school slip up.

If there is a team from the SEC East to challenge either Ole Miss or Mississippi State, its the No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1), who shut out No. 23 Missouri and put up 34 points of their own despite not having running back Todd Gurley in pads and on the gridiron. 

Elsewhere in the college football landscape, the Big 12 looks chock full of top-tier teams. No. 5 Baylor finally got a game against a ranked opponent and took its season to the brink, eventually pulling out a come-from-behind 61-58 victory against No. 9 TCU.

Quarterback Bryce Petty threw six touchdowns and two interceptions, but those picks were just his second and third of the young season, and he looks to be in command of the offense. The Bears may have issues on defense, but everyone knows this offense is capable of putting up huge numbers against just about anybody.

However, Sports Illustrated's Andrew Perloff isn't quite sure what to make of Baylor after the headline-grabbing win:

No. 11 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1) is still lurking after defeating Texas, and No. 16 Oklahoma State (5-1, 3-0) could vault up the rankings should it beat the Horned Frogs in Week 8.

The playoff picture isn't shaping up well for the Pac-12, with the dominance of the SEC, Big 12 and undefeated No. 6 Notre Dame still in the fold. Oregon still has an outside shot, but it will have to run the table and need No. 10 Arizona to lose a couple of games. 

No. 8 Michigan State is still in the hunt after handily dispatching Purdue, but the Spartans have a relatively weak upcoming schedule and needed the defense to bail them out against the Boilermakers. Of course, the opinions of others don't bother star defensive end Shilique Calhoun.

"If people want to look at the score and say that Michigan State's not a good team, that's fine by me," he said, via Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press. "We're still gonna play 'Spartan Dawg' football no matter what."

Michigan State will need to vastly outplay the likes of Ohio State, Indiana and Rutgers to garner enough attention and leapfrog teams from the more powerful conferences. Still, the defense led by Calhoun and linebacker Ed Davis is one of the best in the nation and can keep the Spartans in the playoff hunt.

Every college football fan should circle November 29 on their calendar; that's when Ole Miss takes on Mississippi State. Should both teams remain undefeated up to that point, the loser of that titanic clash could still very well make the College Football Playoff. The fact that these two teams don't play each other until the last week of the regular season will help prevent another team from rising up in the power vacuum that would be created by a loss for either Mississippi team.

Then again, this college football season has proved that the preseason rankings have little to no bearing on future performance, and it's high time the phrase "any given Saturday" entered the American sporting lexicon.

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College Football Fact or Fiction After Week 7

Now that Week 7 of the 2014 college football season is in the books, it's time to play a little Fact or Fiction.

Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder and Barrett Sallee answer some burning questions that were raised in Week 7.

Will anyone stop Ole Miss and its "Landshark" defense?

Watch the video and let us know.

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LSU's Leonard Fournette Realizes Potential, Gives Fans Look at Future in Win

BUGA Nation hit primetime television Saturday night. 

Finally, LSU running back Leonard Fournette lived up to the hype. Fournette rushed for a career-high 140 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-27 victory over Florida. 

LSU head coach Les Miles made the best coaching decision of the season by scratching the running back by committee against the Gators. Fournette took 27 of the Tigers' 50 carries and never wavered.  

Miles pumped Fournette up in the preseason unlike any other player he had before. Florida was the first time he trusted the 5-star true freshman to be the focal point of the offense. 

About time. 

Fournette finally got the touches he deserved. His 27 carries were two more than what he got against Wisconsin, Mississippi State and Auburn combined. 

Sure, Fournette struggled to start the season. But the Tigers abandoned him too early against Auburn and Mississippi State. Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron gave the other running backs carries that should have gone to him. 

Fournette made defenders miss and powered through arm tackles. On his first touchdown run, he burst through a tackler at the goal line.


This is a freshman. This is a GROWN MAN! @LSUfball's Leonard Fournette rumbles for the 12-yd TD. #LSUvsUF »

— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 12, 2014

 On his second, he skyrocketed over the pile from two yards out. 

121 and 2 TD's for Fournette with quarter to go. RT @FanSidedGIF: VINE - Fournette run for 2 yds for a TD #LSU

— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) October 12, 2014

Nearly every Fournette run featured a massive collision. Those hits began taking their toll on the Gators defense. All-SEC corner Vernon Hargreaves III was knocked out of the game while tackling him. Hargreaves' absence was felt when Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings completed clutch passes late to Travin Dural. 

Jennings struggled through the air until late in the game. Nearly half of his completions went to fullback Melvin Jones. It is evident the LSU passing attack looks still has a long way to go. 

If Fournette and the LSU offensive line continue to play dominant football, the passing game will continue to improve. Miles can also play his preferred old-school, smash-mouth football, which is what has gotten him to 100 wins at LSU. 

The Tigers' most favorable matchup left will be 5-1 Kentucky next Saturday in Baton Rouge. After that, the Tigers will have Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas A&M.

There are no easy victories left for LSU, but the best path is with Fournette leading the charge.  


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Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow me on Twitter @CarterthePower.

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Updated College Football Playoff Projections After Week 7

This week was not nearly as crazy as last week, but more of the top teams showed their true colors with statement wins. Bleacher Report's College Football Analyst Adam Kramer gives his updated version of the college football playoffs.

Which teams are in your top four for the College Football Playoff?

Watch the video and let us know!

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Watch Travin Dural Snatch the Ball for a 1-Handed TD Grab

Two-handed catches are nice, but one-handed catches are special—especially when they happen in the end zone. 

Florida Gators wide receiver Travin Dural only needed one hand to come down with a ridiculous touchdown grab vs. Florida.

Was this the best catch of Week 7?

Watch the video and let us know!

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Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M: Score and Twitter Reaction

Maybe Bo Wallace's "Bad Bo" persona is a thing of the past.

The Ole Miss quarterback threw for 178 yards and a touchdown in addition to 50 yards and two touchdowns on the ground as the third-ranked Rebels dispatched of No. 14 Texas A&M, 35-20, Saturday night at Kyle Field in College Station.

After Ole Miss' 23-17 over then-No. 3 Alabama, Wallace took exception to those characterizing him as some sort of Jekyll and Hyde QB.

"That thing's the most annoying thing I've ever heard," he said, reports Brandon Speck of Fox Sports South.

Even after helping lead the Rebels to that historic upset over the Crimson Tide, Wallace had his fair share of doubters. ESPN's Bomani Jones pointed out that the senior signal-caller wasn't far removed from his somewhat lackluster performance in a 24-3 win over Memphis (22-37, 248 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs):

Wallace didn't need to torch the Aggie secondary for a Heisman Trophy-level performance. As long as he limited the turnovers and didn't lean too heavily on the Ole Miss defense, the Rebels would be in a position to win.

According to, Texas A&M averaged 395.2 passing yards (fifth) and 188 rushing yards (47th) a game entering Saturday.

The Ole Miss defense held the Aggies to 455 total yards, including 54 on the ground. Quarterback Kenny Hill was 42-of-53 for 401 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Rebels made a compelling argument as to why they have the best defense in the country on the back of Saturday's win.'s Travis Haney went so far as to say that defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche might be worthy of an invite to New York City for the Heisman presentation:

Taking an early lead helped Wallace and the Rebels offense in a big way. On the third drive of the game, Ole Miss went 69 yards in 1:25 to grab a 7-0 advantage following a four-yard touchdown run from Wallace, who was 2-of-3 for 52 yards on the drive. Those two passes set up the TD, as highlighted by Sam Kahn Jr. of ESPNCFB:

The Rebels got the ball back on their own 1-yard line after Texas A&M punter Drew Kaser placed the ball right on the goal line.

Wallace needed 4:09 to go nearly the length of the field, capping the drive with his second rushing touchdown of the game. He completed all four of his passes for 52 yards on the drive.

Gabe Bock of TexAgs Radio felt that the A&M defense wasn't doing nearly enough to make things difficult for Wallace and the Ole Miss offense:'s Bryan Fischer noted that the two scoring drives eliminated any possibility that the Rebels were still basking in the glory of their victory over Alabama:

Things got even better for Ole Miss on Texas A&M's next drive. Rebels defensive back Cody Prewitt intercepted a Hill pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown, giving the road team a 21-0 lead with 11:56 to go in the first half.

That was the third pick-six for the Ole Miss defense in 2014, per Ole Miss Football:

The INT also moved Prewitt into seventh place in the Rebels' record books, according to Ole Miss Football:

Texas A&M's offense continued to struggle in the second quarter. The Aggies got down to the Ole Miss 27-yard line but turned the ball over on downs after a botched fake-field-goal attempt. 

ESPN's Mike Greenberg was unlikely the only one questioning A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin's decision not to take the three points:

The Aggies dug into the Rebels' lead in the second half, with running back Trey Williams punching it in from three yards out to make it 21-7. A&M took advantage of a short field and breathed life into the Kyle Field crowd. The Aggies looked like they might mount a comeback.

Then Wallace and the Rebels offense ate a little over four minutes off the clock before regaining a 21-point lead, 28-7. Wallace threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to wideout Quincy Adeboyejo with 13 seconds left in the third quarter.

Ole Miss all but shut the door on an Aggies comeback attempt after Rebels linebacker Keith Lewis recovered a Hill fumble and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown, making it a 35-7 game with 14:48 to go in the fourth quarter.

Hill added two touchdown passes to help the Aggies save some face in the final frame.

With the win, Ole Miss made a strong case that it's the best team in the country. Of course, the Rebels will have a strong argument to the contrary coming out of their own state after Mississippi State's 38-23 win over Auburn. The two don't cross paths until Nov. 29.

Next week, the Rebels will hope to maintain their perfect record against Tennessee, which beat Chattanooga 45-10 on Saturday.

Texas A&M is winless against Top 25 teams at Kyle Field under Sumlin (0-5).

CBS Sports' Doug Gottlieb remains perplexed at how the Aggies are unable to win big home games, despite having talented teams and a raucous atmosphere behind them:

Sumlin will try to pick up the pieces after back-to-back losses, but the Aggies' losing skid could easily swell to three with Alabama on tap next Saturday.

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LSU Loss Seals Jeff Driskel's Fate, Can Treon Harris Save Will Muschamp's Job

Florida's game vs. LSU in "The Swamp" served as Gator quarterback Jeff Driskel's last stand, and he rolled snake eyes.

After being benched last week in favor of Treon Harris in the win over Tennessee, it looked like Driskel's days as the starting quarterback in Gainesville were done. Suddenly on Monday, news broke that Harris was being investigated for sexual assault, and Driskel was pushed back into the role this week vs. LSU.

Harris was cleared and reinstated late Friday afternoon, but at that point, a full week of practice was gone and it was Driskel's game.

Driskel didn't have a three-interception performance like the one he had against Tennessee, but it was going in that direction—due in part to drops from his receivers.

He completed 14-of-25 passes for 183 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the 30-27 loss, operating in a very conservative game plan from head coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.

He hit Demarcus Robinson for 73 yards to set up the game-tying field goal, but after the Gator defense forced a punt to give the ball back to the offense with 0:54 left, Driskel forced a pass over the middle that was picked off by Rickey Jefferson, setting up LSU's game-winning field goal.

Is it "Treon time?"

Muschamp wouldn't say, but the true freshman was in the press box with Roper during the game, according to Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel.

Was Saturday night's loss all on Driskel?

No, not at all. He played with emotion and, while he wasn't a game-changer, he displayed a spark that he hasn't shown in quite some time.

That's the ceiling, though. Harris is more explosive in the running game, and while he may be raw as a passer, he certainly gives Roper the opportunity to be a little more creative with the playbook.

Muschamp knows what's at stake. At 3-2 (2-2 SEC), his job status is dangling perilously on the edge of a cliff, and rocks are giving way with every Driskel interception. Two more losses, and it all might come crashing down.

There's a chance that Harris can save Muschamp and save the season.

The Gators have Missouri at home next week, and would Muschamp rather have Driskel in there against Missouri's pass rush or Harris? He has to know that Driskel will force things. Harris might not.

After that, the Gators will have two weeks to get Harris ready for Georgia, followed by the road trip to Vanderbilt, a home tilt vs. South Carolina, a supposed cakewalk over Eastern Kentucky and an intra-state rivalry game at Florida State.

Is Driskel a better option than Harris against those teams? At this point, it's hard to tell. The unknown, however, should be more comforting for Muschamp.

When Driskel is on, he'll keep Florida in games—even if they're against under-performing defenses like LSU's. "In it" won't cut it, Muschamp needs someone to go win it.

That guy isn't Driskel, but it might be Harris.

He's Muschamp's best option at this point.


Barrett Sallee is the Lead SEC college football writer and video analyst for Bleacher Report, as well as a co-host of the CFB Hangover on Bleacher Report Radio (Sundays, 9-11 a.m. ET) on Sirius 93, XM 208.

Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats are courtesy of, and all recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports. Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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