Previewing Ole Miss
Here are some interesting facts about Saturday’s game against Ole Miss in Oxford. Information is courtesy of the Auburn Athletic Department…
- Auburn and Ole Miss will play in the 37th meeting between the teams. Auburn holds a 27-9 advantage in the series.
- Auburn has won the last three meetings between the Tigers and the Rebels.
- Emory Blake is just the ninth receiver in Auburn history to record 100 career catches; Blake ranks 10th in career yardage with 1,573 after a career-best total (118) vs. Arkansas.
- The Auburn field goal defense unit has blocked three kicks this season, two by Angelo Blackson and one by Corey Lemonier.
- Coach Gene Chizik is 31-14 in his fourth season as head coach at Auburn; 36-33 in his sixth season overall as a college head coach.
- Onterio McCalebb leads the SEC and ranks ninth nationally in kick return average (30.62); Auburn as a team is second in the SEC in kickoff return average (27.0).
- Auburn has won 75 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points (We won’t have to worry about that Saturday).
- Linebacker Daren Bates leads the SEC with 10.8 tackles per game; he ranks 10th nationally.
- Six of the last seven games in the SEC series have been decided by double digits, including three games decided by 20 points or more.
- There have been three shutouts in the series with Auburn winning all three games.
- The Tigers have held Ole Miss under 200 yards passing in six of the last seven meetings. The Rebels have topped 200 yards passing just 10 times in the history of the series.
- Auburn has not thrown an interception in the past three meetings and has thrown just six in the last 15 games against the Rebels.
- The teams have met twice in bowl games. Auburn won the 1970 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville 35-28, while Ole Miss was a 13-7 winner in the 1965 Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
- When the Auburn-Ole Miss game kicks off, the Tigers will have a total of 39 players with at least one game of starting experience during their college careers. Tops among those are: Daren Bates (40); Nosa Eguae (24); Philip Lutzenkirchen (22); Emory Blake (20); and Corey Lemonier and Onterio McCalebb (19).
- from Auburn, the Tigers are 135-121-15 (.526) during the month of October. Auburn’s October record under Gene Chizik is 10-6. Auburn has posted a winning October record in seven of the last nine football seasons.
- Onterio McCalebb is just the second SEC player all-time to record more than 2,000 career rushing yards, 1,000 career kick return yards, and 500 career receiving yards. The first was Kentucky’s Derrick Locke, with 2,618 yards rushing, 1,464 yards on kick returns, and 883 receiving yards from 2007-10.
- McCalebb now has 2,278 yards rushing, to rank 11th among Auburn’s career leaders. His 6.31 yards per carry average places him third all-time at Auburn, behind Brent Fullwood (7.15) and Bo Jackson (6.62).
- This season in the first quarter, the Tigers have been outscored by the opposition 26-21. In the second quarter, Auburn’s opponents hold a narrow 27-23 edge. In the third quarter, Auburn leads its opponents 27-20. Opponents have outscored Auburn 45-3 in the fourth quarter thus far this season. Auburn has held its opponents scoreless in five quarters (25%) this year.
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