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The Arkansas Razorbacks and No. 14 Ole Miss Rebels will face each other at Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday at 6:30 PM CT.

The Razorbacks lead the Rebels in the all-time series 37-28-1. Under head coach Sam Pittman, the Hogs are 1-1 against Ole Miss. Last season’s game was a shootout that resulted in a 52-51 win for the Rebels.

The Rebels are a -2.5 point favorite over the Hogs (BetSaracen).

Here’s how the HawgBeat staff thinks Saturday’s game will play out:

Mason Choate – Editor in Chief

My thoughts keep bringing me back to November 22, 2014, when a 5-5 Arkansas team defeated an 8-2 and 8th ranked Ole Miss team 30-0 in Fayetteville.

The Rebels are coming off an emotional 30-24 loss to Alabama and Arkansas played their game of the year defensively.

All week I tell people that Ole Miss is going to win this one. If the Hogs get KJ Jefferson back, as I expect, I think they’ll thrive with their leader at the helm of the offense.

Ole Miss has the advantage in most major statistical categories, but Arkansas has the advantage in the “must win” category. The Razorbacks probably understand they have to win this weekend to qualify for bowl because they don’t have a great history of winning in Columbia, Missouri.

Arkansas 21, Ole Miss 20

Robert Stewart – Staff Writer

The SEC leading rusher is playing in Fayetteville this weekend and his name is not Rocket Sanders. With Quinshon Judkins leading the three-headed monster of an Ole Miss offense, the Razorbacks are sure to have a hard time stopping the run.

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Then again, it’s no secret that Sanders has been quiet lately. He’s up for a big show, especially since he’s handed over the hasty crown to Judkins. I wouldn’t be surprised if the teams accumulate 500 combined yards on the ground.

This rivalry tends to generate high-scoring games each year, and if KJ Jefferson is healthy, the Hogs should be able to compete in this year’s iteration. While I expect a much better offensive effort than we’ve seen over the past two weeks, it won’t be enough to top No. 14. Bowl eligibility will have to wait another week.

Ole Miss 35, Arkansas 31

Daniel Fair – Staff Writer

It’s been almost two months since the lights at Razorback Stadium were up and running as the Hogs played their last game against Missouri State. The Hogs are still battling for bowl eligibility at 5-5, welcoming an Ole Miss team that narrowly lost to Alabama a week ago.

With KJ Jefferson likely returning, Pittman said earlier this week that he felt the team was as healthy as possible this late in the season. My biggest question mark is with the offense. They’ve been underperforming for the past two weeks, but with Jefferson back, I expect things to look more in sync than they have in recent weeks.

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Ole Miss has a powerful offense, so the defense will have their hands full, but I think the Hogs pull off late in a senior night thriller.

Arkansas 42, Ole Miss 38

Jackson Collier – Basketball recruiting analyst

Arkansas battled hard with second and third series quarterbacks in the cold weather, but ultimately fell short to LSU in a 13–10 loss. It’s likely the outcome would be different with a healthy KJ Jefferson, but you know what they say about “if”.

Looks like KJ is good to go against his home state school this weekend. Last year, Jefferson played the game of his life, but ended up just short of a two-point conversion attempt.

I fully expect the offense to get back on track this week with a healthy Jefferson, but the big concern is whether the defense can build on the success of the past two weeks and slow down Ole Miss’s offense.

The Rebels have a strong run game with a dual-threat quarterback in Jaxson Dart and a freshman halfback in Quishon Judkins. Dart has also shown he can stretch the field as well.

While the Arkansas defense has improved, I fear they will face a team with a strong, balanced offense. If they can generate a few turnovers, Arkansas should win the game, but that’s much easier said than done. I just don’t quite think the defense has enough talent to stop this offense. It’s going to be another shooting.

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Ole Miss 45, Arkansas 40

Kevin Bohannon – Baseball recruiting analyst

The Arkansas defense has played well in the last two games, allowing only one touchdown in the last four quarters. If it weren’t for that unit, the Hogs would have blown up for the past two weeks.

If KJ Jefferson is healthy again and can put up numbers like he did at BYU, the Hogs have a chance. There’s a lot going on in Oxford right now, with Kiffin presumably the main target for Auburn and the Rebels losing an emotional loss to Alabama. It’s Senior Night on the hill and you have to think this is a better gig than Homecoming a few weeks ago.

Ole Miss has a promising young running back in Quinshon Judkins who has been getting more attention than Rocket Sanders lately, and Sanders should take that personally and get back on track with a big game.

As always, anything can happen in this game. We’ve seen 7 OTs, the Henry Heave, high scoring shootouts, and other crazy stuff like a walk-on getting three picks in one game. Cold temperatures slow down the Rebs just enough and the Hogs play well with their backs against the wall to qualify for bowl.

Arkansas 30, Ole Miss 27

GENERAL RECORDS

Mason: 8-2, 6-4 ATS

robert: 8-2, 5-5 ATS

Daniel: 7-3, 7-3 ATS

Jackson: 7-3, 6-4 ATS

Kevin: 5-1, 4-2 ATS

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