Geaux247 continued our series where we take a week to look at each opponent on the 2018 schedule.

We started with the Miami Hurricanes then moved on to the Auburn Tigers. Skipping the other two non-conference opponents – Southeastern and Louisiana Tech – we jumped to the Ole Miss Rebels and the Week 5 matchup on Sept. 29 in Tiger Stadium.

LSU has won seven of the last eight against Ole Miss in Baton Rouge and six of the last eight overall in a series that has plenty of history dating back to 1896.

Ole Miss is not eligible for the postseason due to NCAA sanctions, so every big game such as this contest will be the Rebels’ bowl game.

We looked at what the Rebels have coming back and projected starters for their season opener with their Pro Football Focus 2017 grades.

Ole Miss insider David Johnson from Ole Miss Spirit provided a good look behind enemy lines and shed some light on strengths and weaknesses for the upcoming campaign.

“The strength of this Ole Miss football team lies on the offensive side of the football,” wrote Johnson in this Q&A with Geaux247. “There is a capable quarterback in place with senior Jordan Ta’amu, and he'll have the luxury of operating behind a veteran offensive line anchored by left tackle Greg Little a projected first-round draft pick. The Ole Miss wide receiver trio of All-American A.J. BrownD.K. Metcalf and DaMarkus Lodge may be the best pass-catching trio in the SEC. 

“Defense is where the rubber will hit the road for Ole Miss. There are potential issues at the linebacker positions. Ole Miss must replace linebacker and leading tackler DeMarquis Gates, and defensive linemen Marquis Haynes and Breeland Speaks, who are all on NFL rosters now. I'm not sure the Rebels reloaded those bullets over the off-season from a unit that finished near the bottom of the country in several team statistical categories.”

Johnson touched on a lot more in the full Q&&A.

Geaux247 agrees with Johnson on the strengths and weaknesses of the Rebels.

As noted in this look at offensive players to know for Ole Miss, the offense is loaded with playmakers at quarterback, receiver and tight end. There are some questions at running back.

The Rebels had one of the SEC’s top offenses in 2017. There is no debate about that.

Ole Miss had one of the worst units on the other side of the ball and there is no debate on that either. Several players must step up for the Rebels to make strides from last year’s dismal unit and we looked at some in this piece.

The only team that allowed more points in the league was Arkansas and Ole Miss allowed more yards than anyone else in the SEC by 21 yards.

The 34.6 point per game and 459.5 yards a contest are numbers that second-year defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff must improve on or he will probably have to look for a new gig in December.

Ole Miss lost six starters from that ’17 defense that was 116th in the land in total defense but that may not be a bad thing for the Rebels and McGriff.

The Tigers won, 40-24, last season in a game they led 23-16 with less than three minutes left in the third quarter. LSU scored the next 17 points and Ole Miss added a touchdown with a two-point conversion with 1:51 left to help the betting line.

That is the type of game the Geaux247 staff picked in our predictions to put a wrap on Ole Miss before moving on to the Florida Gators in Week 6.