- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

No. 3 Mississippi (4-0, 2-0 SEC) at No. 25 Florida (4-0, 2-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Mississippi by 7 ½

Series Record: Mississippi leads 12-10-1

WHAT’S AT STAKE

An undefeated record and a chance to stay atop each team’s respective division in the Southeastern Conference. The Rebels also get a chance to prove that 43-37 victory at Alabama two weeks ago was no fluke. The Gators, meanwhile, can take a huge step toward coach Jim McElwain’s catchphrase of “restore the order,” which means get back to winning division, conference and national championships.

KEY MATCHUP

Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell vs. Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III. It’s an All-America matchup that features the SEC’s best receiver against the league’s top cornerback. Treadwell has 22 catches for 332 yards and a touchdown. Hargreaves, who has dealt with a leg injury and back soreness this season, led the SEC with 13 pass breakups last year.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Mississippi: DT Robert Nkemdiche. Widely considered a top-five pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the junior has 15 tackles, including 4 ½ for loss, and a sack despite facing constant double teams. The 6-foot-4, 296-pound Nkemdiche also has scored three offensive touchdowns - two 1-yard runs and a 31-yard reception.

Florida: RB Kelvin Taylor. The son of former Florida great Fred Taylor, Kelvin has 256 yards rushing and five touchdowns this season. He’s scored at least once in every game and is the key to helping take pressure off young QB Will Grier and an inexperienced offensive line.

FACTS & FIGURES

First top-25 matchup in Gainesville in nearly three years. The last one ended with third-ranked Florida beating No. 9 South Carolina 44-11 Oct. 20, 2012. … Mississippi has won three of the last four meetings, including two straight at Florida Field. … The Rebels have been ranked higher than the Gators only once previously in series history, the first one being a 7-3 loss in nearby Jacksonville in 1958. … Ole Miss coach Huge Freeze was an obvious target during Florida’s coaching search last fall, but agreed to a contract extension three days before the Gators hired McElwain.

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