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Coach Nutt needs this win.
Houston Nutt will throw everything at Arkansas, including the kitchen sink, to try and win this game. Nutt’s back is up against the wall and a victory over Arkansas could take some heat off of his seat.
A victory against Arkansas could change the season around in Oxford as it did in 2008.
Six Ole Miss possessions against the Tide were three-and-outs or less. During those six possessions the Rebels lost yards on each drive totaling negative 26 yards.
The Rebels gained 72 yards on the opening drive against Alabama and accumulated 69 yards the rest of the game.
Arkansas better be ready to stop the Wildcat. The Hogs defense saw Auburn’s version of the Wildcat before their bye. Can they stop the Rebels’ version?
Ole Miss is short handed on defense with two starters out and a weak pass defense; DE Joey Dorsey and CB Marcus Temple. The Rebels will have to improve upon their 10 total sacks on the season to keep Arkansas quarterback, Tyler Wilson, and his receivers out of rhythm, if possible.
Arkansas has been short handed with injuries on defense. Coming off a bye week with no ranked opponent looming overhead, the Razorbacks will be fresh and ready for Ole Miss. No trap game for the Hogs.
The Hogs will rely on the pass to help the running game and put pressure on Ole Miss as needed. The Hogs lead the SEC in passing yards and are ranked 8th in the nation in passing offense with 2,021 total yards.
Ole Miss packed the stadium last week with 61,792 in attendance when Alabama came to town. That was the fourth-largest crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for an Ole Miss football game.
Ole Miss will keep it interesting but Arkansas passing attack will be too much for the Rebels.
Petrino was embarrassed by Nutt in 2008 and 2009. Don’t look for it to happen this year with a top 10 ranking on the line, a possible share of the SEC West title, and a possible BCS bowl berth at stake.
The only thing that keeps the score close is if Petrino chooses to abandon the pass in the second half to further develop the running game as he did against Auburn.
Petrino proves a point as Arkansas wins 52-23.