Quarterback

Ole Miss senior Jordan Ta’amu played his best game in weeks when he completed 87.5 percent of his pass attempts and returned to a running threat against ULM. Arkansas has played better on offense since Ty Storey became the starter.

Edge: Ole Miss

Running Backs

Ole Miss’ Scottie Phillips had a pedestrian game by his standers against ULM but finished with 74 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, a 6.2-yard per carry average. Arkansas is last in the SEC in rushing offense at 141.8 yards per game.

Edge: Ole Miss

Receivers and tight ends

Talent and pro potential give Ole Miss an edge here, plus the fact that the Rebels’ starting receivers returned to what is considered “normal” in these parts, limiting drops and mistakes as they all surpassed 100 yards vs. ULM. They’ve yet to excel against an SEC opponent and are hopeful that changes tonight against an Arkansas defense giving up 247 passing yards a game. Arkansas will involve its tight end much more than Ole Miss.

Edge: Ole Miss

Offensive Line

The relatively high number of sacks allowed by these units are understandable given how often they pass. Ole Miss has more experience along the front.

Edge: Ole Miss

Defensive Line

Ole Miss gave up just 130 rushing yards against ULM but has struggled against quality run games. Arkansas, meanwhile, has been pretty tough to run against, giving up 112.0 yards a game to rank No. 26 nationally.

Edge: Arkansas

Linebackers

The Rebels lack speed at the position which is why they need freshman Kevontae Ruggs to elevate his development. Sophomore Mohamed Sanogo is among the team’s better tacklers, but the Rebels have been slow to the edge when plays run wide. Ruggs is expected to be back with the starters tonight. Arkansas has two of the SEC’s best in De’Jon Harris and Dre Greenlaw.

Edge: Arkansas

Secondary

Teams have been able to pass on the Razorbacks, but not quite as much as teams have passed on the Rebels. It didn’t start out that way for Ole Miss, but that’s where the Rebels are after losing three starters to season-ending injuries and having other key players limited by injuries.

Edge: Arkansas

Specialists

Ole Miss kicker Luke Logan is second in the SEC and No. 15 nationally in field goal percentage. He’s 8 for 9 on the year and has hit four straight since a 38-yard miss against Kent State. Arkansas is second in the SEC in punt returns, and Ole Miss is last in punt return defense. The Rebels gave up a 71-yard touchdown return last week to ULM’s Marcus Green.

Edge: Even

parrish.alford@journalinc.com

Twitter: @parrishalford

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