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Keys to the Game: Ole Miss at Arkansas

Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:53 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

OLE MISS WILL WIN IF: Houston Nutt reaches into the deepest crevices of his bag of magic tricks to find the last remaining pixie dust that produced results like his 2007 upset of No. 1 LSU or the 2008 upset of Florida. Jeff Scott may not be able to bring that wood like Darren McFadden, but the Razorback defense hasn't exactly been stout against the run, giving up an average of 290 yards on the ground through their last three games. If Scott can break a couple of long runs ... and quarterback Randall Mackey can use his legs and the occasional accurate throw to keep the Hog back seven off balance ... and the injury-ravaged Ole Miss defense can make the handful of big plays necessary to avoid getting swamped ... then realistically speaking, the Rebels might lose by only two touchdowns. But that's discounting the effect of that Nutt pixie dust, which has made the highly unrealistic happen before and could again.

ARKANSAS WILL WIN IF: they simply play their game. If Tyler Wilson performs like the high-quality quarterback he's established himself to be, and the Hog offensive line gets the sort of push against the banged-up Rebel front it's capable of getting, and the nation's deepest receiving corps avoids dropping a handful of receptions directly into the Ole Miss secondary's hands, Arkansas will have entirely too much firepower for the lo-fi Rebel offense to keep pace. Add in the advantages of home field and the Razorbacks' bye week, and the only thing that can really stop Arkansas this week is Arkansas.

THE X-FACTOR: It would be an enormous help to the Rebels if the most likely source of lightning-in-a-bottle points was on their side ... but in this matchup, that honor belongs to Joe Adams, the senior jitterbug who added to his early-season collection of punt returns for touchdown with a game-changing 93-yard scoring run against Auburn two weeks ago. Ole Miss has a hard enough task preventing the Hogs from driving the length of the field for points; if an Adams score (or two) keeps the Hogs from having to make even that much effort, the Rebels won't have a prayer.


Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:45 pm

Keys to the Game: Ole Miss at Arkansas

OLE MISS WINS IF: Hell freezes over.

ARKANSA WINS IF: They show up.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:32 pm

Keys to the Game: Ole Miss at Arkansas

I guess no one is home to read my comment to fix the game location?  Arkansas is on the road.

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:26 pm

Keys to the Game: Ole Miss at Arkansas

Arkansas will have nearly as many fans at this game than will Ole Miss. Black Bear fans are selling their tickets to Hog fans in droves. Don't expect home-field advantage for Ole Miss, but the game IS in Oxford.

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:17 pm

Keys to the Game: Ole Miss at Arkansas

Jerry Hinnen,

I think your points are dead on but I think you have the game's location wrongOle Miss is at home and Arkansas is on the road. That is about the only challenge Razorback fans are concerned with.  SEC Road game.  Nutt would love to upset Arkansas and Razorbacks fans want to finish strong to close out with LSU.  We still have BCS & National Championship visions if we win out.

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