Published October 27, 2010 - 5:33am
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Coach Houston Nutt takes on Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers this weekend in Oxford. Just when you think Nutt has lost his ability to coach a football team and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, he gets you. When he is favored I would never bet on him – but it’s the times when he isn’t even thought about where he makes his money.
When a Houston Nutt-coached team is figured to make some noise, they get hammered – i.e. 2009 with Jevan Snead at quarterback.
Now, do I think Auburn will lose this game? No – and neither does the rest of the country for that matter. But when Coach Underdog’s back is against the wall, he pulls out a huge upset in a game that isn’t even considered a contender – see Florida 2008. When he has time to prepare and scheme a game for a time such as this, he has the ability to make it count.
This year, Ole Miss can really run the football with running backs Brandon Bolden, Jeff Scott, Rodney Scott and quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. They are currently 20th in America in rushing offense. There is a struggle in the passing game, but the ground game proves they can move the football. They have played some close road games against big-time opponents this year in the West. The Rebels played Alabama tough and only lost by 13, and they played Arkansas tough through two rain delays. So, it’s not like they have been blown out of the water, and they get Auburn at home.
Brandon Bolden has been a pleasant surprise for the Rebels this year in Oxford. If Ole Miss figures to steal this one against Auburn, Bolden will have to play out of his mind this weekend – something he has shown he is capable of previously. Ole Miss will have to control the clock and keep the football in their possession, and they will also have to limit the running game for the Tigers – something Auburn’s opponents have not been able to do this year.
All of Auburn’s big wins have been at home – but the win at Mississippi State on the road is looking more attractive all the time since the Bulldogs are doing well this year.
Saturday will be a big day for the inhabitants of Oxford, you can bet the Grove will be slammed and the girls will have on their dresses, but their football team could write a story that could be talked about for a long time.
Does Houston Nutt pull an upset this weekend?