Rebels Prepare to Tangle with the Bayou Bengals Saturday

Ole Miss HC Matt Luke Photo by Steven Gagliano

The Ole Miss Rebels are coming off of a 57-35 victory over Vanderbilt as the first conference win of the season.

Coach Matt Luke discussed the upcoming game against LSU with media on Monday.

“Anytime you get a SEC win it’s a good thing,” Luke said. “I’m really pleased with our balance offensively. I thought that really helped, and defensively, I really liked our energy.”

Coming into the game with LSU, Luke said he has “a lot of respect for Coach Orgeron.”

“I worked for him for a year,” Luke said. “I was his recruiting coordinator. I learned a lot from him. I’m very impressed on how he has rallied his team in the last two wins.”

The Tigers have done a good job on the field on both sides of the ball.

“They have done a good job defensively of getting off the field on third down as Auburn was 3 of 14 and Florida was 2 of 9,” Luke said. “Offensively, they give you a lot of schematic problems with their shifts in their motions as they try to out-leverage and outflank you.”

It will be key for the Rebels to limit the Tigers’ explosive offensive plays in the game.

“That’s what I was alluding to — don’t let a win mask those little things,” Luke said. “That’s what we have to do. It was a poor fit. It wasn’t necessarily getting beat physically, it’s just fitting the right spots consistently. That’s the challenge for a young, inexperienced team… is to be consistent. I think you saw us do it right more, and that’s where you get wins. I don’t think we’re ever going to be perfect. But, I think the more you can do things the right way and have the guys in the right spots and the right gaps, the more we’ll be successful. We just have to keep coming. We were one game better, now next week we have to be another game better and continue to play with energy. When you play with energy and people run to the ball, you can overcome some of those mistakes, and that’s huge.”

Kick off for this SEC Western divisional matchup will be at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN.

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