Published November 2, 2010 - 7:30am
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Ole Miss (3-5, 1-4 SEC) came out against Auburn with a bang. Running back Jeff Scott took one to the house early, and it looked like the Rebs had a chance. Even though Ole Miss looked strong offensively at times, the defense could not match up with the high-powered Tiger offense. The Rebels eventually fell by 20.
This week, the Rebels look to bounce back from three straight SEC losses, playing out of conference against Louisiana-Lafayette. This game will be the Rebels homecoming, and being out of conference, it is certainly a win the Rebels would love to have – and quite frankly, they have to have. We have to win this homecoming because it is still have a long road ahead to be bowl eligible.
The Rebels have to run the football this week with Brandon Bolden and Jeff Scott. Nutt has to tighten down the game plan and do what they do best – and that is run the football.
Against the Rajun Cajuns – perhaps Ole Miss should now start looking ahead to rebuilding for the next season? Hopefully, the backups may get a go for most of the game. It is tough to sit down starters, and even though it is important to win, Houston Nutt should give Jeff Scott the bulk of the carries in the backfield, as he proved last week to be a game-breaker. Also, with Jeremiah Masoli being a senior – why not give Nathan Stanley some reps at quarterback? It remains to be seen whether Nutt will stick with the starters or play some of the backups to give them good experience and to build for the future.
Regardless, the Ragin Cajuns should not be a team undermined by the Rebels by any means because of what happened against Jacksonville State. But with the season growing closer to an end, Ole Miss should look ahead to next season with this home game.