The Matchup: Austin Peay vs. No. 20 Ole Miss
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038), Oxford
TV: ESPN+, 6:30 p.m.
Series: First meeting between schools
Coaches - Austin Peay: Scotty Walden, 5-2 at AP (2nd year) and 13-8 overall (3rd year). Ole Miss: Lane Kiffin, 6-5 at OM (2nd year) and 67-39 overall (10th year).
Trends: Austin Peay, ranked No. 18 in the AFCA FCS poll, is looking for just its second victory over an FBS program; the first was a win over Kansas State in 1987 … The Governors are 0-5 all-time against SEC opponents and haven’t won two-straight games to open a season since 2007 … Ole Miss has lost to an FCS program once, a 49-48 double-overtime loss to Jacksonville State in 2010 … The Rebels are 102-18-5 in home openers and have won eight of nine …Saturday will be the team’s Military Appreciation game.
Notes: The Governors boast both the Ohio Valley Conference preseason offensive and defensive players of the year in nickelback Kordell Jackson and quarterback Draylen Ellis … Ole Miss senior wide receiver Dontario Drummond was the highest-graded Power 5 wide receiver in Week 1 by Pro Football Focus with a rating of 92.8. It’s the highest grade given for a Power 5 receiver since 2014 …. Through Week 1, the Rebels rank 10th nationally in total offense (569 yards) … Austin Peay ranks 30th in the FCS in total offense through a game (448 yards).
Prediction: Ole Miss 52-24