- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Louisiana-Lafayette (1-1) at No. 14 Mississippi (2-0), 4 p.m. ET (SEC Network)

Line: Ole Miss by 27.

Series Record: Ole Miss leads 3-0.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Ole Miss has had a relatively smooth first two weeks of the season, beating Boise State and Vanderbilt by wide margins. The Rebels would like that to continue during their home opener at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Louisiana-Lafayette is trying to bounce back in a big way after a 48-20 home loss to Louisiana Tech last weekend. The Ragin’ Cajuns were picked to win the Sun Belt Conference by the league’s coaches during the preseason.

KEY MATCHUP

Veteran Louisiana-Lafayette QB Terrance Broadway vs. the Ole Miss defense. Broadway is in his third season as the starter, throwing for 40 touchdowns and running for 18 more during an impressive career. He’ll have to be on top of his game against an Ole Miss defense that has allowed just one touchdown through two games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Louisiana-Lafayette: RB Elijah McGuire has run for 144 yards over two games and is averaging 7.2 yards per carry. McGuire, Broadway and Alonzo Harris have all gained at least 120 rushing yards this season.

Ole Miss: WR Cody Core has been a surprise star for the Rebels’ offense, catching eight passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns.

FACTS & FIGURES

Ole Miss has its highest ranking in The Associated Press poll since 2009, when the Rebels were No. 4 early that season. … Ole Miss has a 28-1-2 record all-time against current members of the Sun Belt. … The Rebels have allowed just eight points per game so far this season, which ranks fifth nationally and second in the Southeastern Conference. … Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace has 7,047 career passing yards, which ranks second in school history. No. 1 is Eli Manning at 10,119. … Louisiana-Lafayette is coming off three straight 9-4 seasons, which is the most successful stretch of football in school history. … Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth is from Louisville, Mississippi, and was the receivers coach at Mississippi State in 2009 and 2010.

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