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Friday, November 19, 2010

One more Nutt to crack

BATON ROUGE - LSU coach Les Miles is already nearly finished his get-even shopping.

Florida coach Urban Meyer ... faked and beaten.

Alabama coach Nick Saban ... reversed and beaten.

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt ... clocked and beaten?

Miles can enjoy victories over those three coaches in the same season for the first time in his career if his No. 5 Tigers (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) can crack Nutt's cracking Rebels (4-6, 1-5 SEC) at 2:30 p.m. today in Tiger Stadium.

Miles was 0-4 against Meyer-Saban over the previous two seasons as Flora-Bama appeared to call closing time on the rest of the SEC for years to come. Didn't happen. Miles is ahead of both in the SEC and BCS standings at the moment, and he is dead even with both over his career - 3-3 versus Meyer and 2-2 versus Saban.

Miles has usually been ahead of Nutt in the standings, but he is just 2-3 against him straight up. And Nutt has beaten Miles with teams that had no business beating LSU.

In 2007, Nutt's last Arkansas team was 7-4 and unranked when it entered Tiger Stadium to play No. 1 and 10-1 LSU on Senior Day. The Hogs apparently busted LSU's BCS hopes with a 50-48 victory in triple overtime. Arkansas put up 513 yards against an LSU defense that has been incorrectly referred to over the years as great. Then-defensive coordinator and now-Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini must have successfully whited-out that game on his resume.

In 2008, Nutt's first Ole Miss team was 6-4 and unranked when it came to Baton Rouge to play No. 18 and 7-3 LSU on Senior Day. The Rebels were up 21-10 at the half, and it got ugly. Ole Miss outgained LSU 409 to 215 and won going away, 31-13, for one of its most dominating win over the Tigers in history.

In 2009, Nutt's 7-3 unranked Ole Miss team outgained No. 10 and 7-2 LSU 426 yards to 290 in a 25-23 win. People mainly remember Miles' malfunctions on the sideline, but Ole Miss dominated the game.

News flash: It's Senior Day again today, and Ole Miss is unranked while LSU is rolling.

"We can't let it happen again," LSU tailback and Natchez, Miss., native Stevan Ridley said. "We've got to make sure we get this one."

A loss today to the worst team Nutt has had anywhere in years would largely erase what Miles did against Meyer and Saban. But it won't happen.

Here are five things to look for:
1. ZACH METTENBERGER - The Butler Community College quarterback star will be on the sidelines on his official visit to LSU. The former Georgia quarterback kicked off after a "Boys Gone Wild" arrest last spring break will be LSU's starter at some point next season.

2. BETTER PASSING GAME - Ole Miss is ninth in the SEC against the pass with 241 yards allowed a game. Look for LSU quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee to return to their form shown in the Alabama and Florida games.

3. RUN RIDLEY RUN - LSU tailback Stevan Ridley is from Natchez, Miss., and has had to live with two straight losses to Ole Miss. He will go over 100 yards on the day.

4. INTERCEPTIONS - Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has thrown for 1,601 yards this season, but lately he has been interception prone. He tossed two pick sixes in a 52-14 loss at Tennessee last week. Look for junior cornerback Patrick Peterson to get one in his last LSU home game.

5. KILLING THE CLOCK - Miles struggled to get a timeout called at crunch time in LSU's loss at Ole Miss last season. He'll be running out the clock this time with a comfortable lead.

PREDICTION: LSU 34, Ole Miss 10


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This LSU team has turned Les Miles free...If LSU beats Ole Miss,Arkansas,It will be a year to remember.

2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huston Nutt has already sold his soul, to the devil,so there is really no hope from him..The Ole Miss Black bears, are something the cat drug in lately, so they are going to need, a lot of more years, to find out just who they are trying to be.
The LSU tigers, on the other hand, are doing just find.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LSU 43 Ole Miss 36...Final score.
LSU QB Jefferson, stood tall, tonight.
JJ, is tall in the saddle now..Jefferson is LSU tall leader..The QB, who could not cut it,just became a star.
Les Miles, looks pretty.
10-1 and counting.

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Close on things to look for G.G. The predicted score was way off, though. Come on, G.G. You know Nutt usually plays LSU close.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoooo Hoooooo ...Jefferson was riding tall, in the saddle tonight.
Leading, the LSU football team to a great victory,LSU-43 to Ole Miss-36.
Les Miles must be very,very,proud.
10-1,in the SEC is big time..And this LSU football team, is fast becoming, a LSU football team to remember.
A great victory.

1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Les Miles was right about this LSU football team, after all..A lot of the LSU fans were wrong..Miles was right.
This rest of this year,and the beginning of next year, looks very bright indeed.

3:24 AM  

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