- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

New Mexico State (0-4) at No. 14 Mississippi (4-1), 11 a.m. CT (SEC Network)

Line: Mississippi by 43½.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Ole Miss is trying to bounce back from a lopsided 38-10 loss to Florida in the Swamp. New Mexico State faces very long odds to get its first victory of the season, but the Aggies have been competitive in their past three losses to Georgia State, UTEP and New Mexico.



KEY MATCHUP

Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly vs. New Mexico State’s defense: Kelly is trying to bounce back from a so-so game against the Gators. The junior leads the SEC by throwing for nearly 300 yards per game. New Mexico State is giving up more than 45 points per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Mississippi: RB Jaylen Walton: The Rebels struggled to have a consistent running game against Florida. Walton has been the team’s best option most of the year, running for 292 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

New Mexico State: RB Larry Rose III. He’s had a very good season for the Aggies, running for 579 yards and six touchdowns while averaging an impressive 8.2 yards per carry.

FACTS & FIGURES

Ole Miss has a 29-1-2 all-time record against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. … The Rebels’ offense leads the SEC in scoring at nearly 46 points per game and also ranks first in total offense with just over 500 yards per game. … Ole Miss will be playing without starting linebacker C.J. Johnson, who had surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus. He’s expected to miss four to six weeks. … New Mexico State’s Rose III ran for 234 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of the team’s 38-29 loss to New Mexico. His 260 yards rushing in the game were a career high and ranked third for a single game in school history.

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