Friday, January 21, 2022

Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss

Rebels, McCluster have edge over Cowboys in low-scoring affair

Oklahoma State offense vs. Ole Miss defense
• RB Kendall Hunter was able to return late in the season from a foot injury and, combined with RB Keith Toston, gives Oklahoma State an explosive backfield. Add the mobility of QB Zac Robinson running the zone-read play and an offensive line -- led by All-American LT Russell Okung -- that is doing a good job of getting push at the line of scrimmage and the Cowboys' ground attack can be a handful to stop. The good news for Ole Miss is that it will bring a defensive line that should provide a challenge for the Cowboys' front line. DTs Jerrell Powe, Lawon Scott and Ted Laurent provide a solid rotation on the interior and should be able to clog up the middle. The problem for the Rebels, however, will be defending the perimeter runs as both Hunter and Toston are at their best using their speed to hit the corner. The Rebels' linebacker corps has at times taken questionable angles in pursuit which has resulted in DS Johnny Brown and Kendrick Lewis (the top two tacklers on the defense) having to make the stop downfield too often.