Honestly... and I'm fighting "optimism" now similar to before MU and USCe... I'm around 80% right now. Their run D is absolutely awful. Maybe better than MU. Not as good as USCe. UT's run D is decent. Comparing worst games, OM was trampled for 350 yds by Arkansas. UT gave up 283 to UF. I don't think Arkansas compares well to UF in offensive talent or as a rushing offense. That seems to confirm that UT is a better D and much better run D.
Both teams' offensive success has depended on running the ball so far. Both are very good O's. UT has performed considerably better on D.
A more obscure stat is that UT is 2nd in the nation in TFL's and first in the SEC. Getting Ole Miss behind the sticks could inhibit their run game and give the Vols a pretty big advantage.
The thing that bothers me about our rushing D from the UF game is that their QB running/escaping contain of the pass rush directly or indirectly accounted for a lot of that yardage.
Corral is an excellent runner and will have to be accounted for at all times. My observation of our D is that they are at their best when we are aggressive pressuring gaps and sending extra guys, but they will have to be disciplined in their rush lanes.
What CJH did against Lane at FAU doesn't have any bearing on our game this weekend. I expect this to be a SHOOTOUT but with our defense I think we might pull this off but I wouldn't touch a betting line with a ten foot poll on this game!
I have a feeling that Kiffin will expose some holes in our defense. But I also get the feeling that our offense will do the same to the Mississippi defense.
This could very well come down to who has the ball last.