FOOTBALL: Cupboard wars

While the cupboard may have been stocked pretty well in Oxford, many say it was not stocked as well in Fayetteville.

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has complimented the talent he inherited with his first Ole Miss team, though he knows he’s thin at cornerback and with depth in some other spots.

While Ole Miss and Arkansas enter Nutt’s homecoming game with identical 3-4, 1-3 records, Ole Miss has been in every game with a chance to win. The four losses have come by an average margin of less than five points.

That’s been far from true for Arkansas, which has struggled in losses to top-flight competition like Alababama, Texas and Florida and has struggled even in wins against Western Illinois and La.-Monroe.

While it looks like the Razorbacks have played better the last two weeks in splitting games at Auburn and at Kentucky, there’s a popular opinion across the border that Nutt left new coach Bobby Petrino with few weapons.

Arkansas lost two NFL backs, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, from Nutt’s last team. With those two such a focal point of the offense it would stand to reason that there’s little experience behind them. Tailback Michael Smith has been a workhorse, but when he’s out of the game the Razorbacks have struggled. Smith carried 35 times for 192 yards at Kentucky and left with a concussion. It’s not a given he’ll play this week, though he probably will.

Petrino wouldn’t discuss the cupboard matter at his regular Monday news conference.

Houston discussed it a little bit.

— PA

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8 Responses to “FOOTBALL: Cupboard wars”

  1. VA Reb Says:

    PA, just saw that Ole Miss and Arkansas will be on ESPN’s PPV this week.

  2. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    My take is, that the Rebels play error free, they win. They make stupid mistakes, they lose.

  3. paul kelly Says:

    man pa i think we are wasting jeremy mcghee and marshay green on defense. we need thes guys on offense.especially mcghee. man he can hit the corner and go. seems like to me that is what we need right now. maybe giving mcluster some rest might also help him hang onto the ball.

  4. djrebel Says:

    Paul, I haven’t seen McGee on offense enough to form an opinion. I thought he made a couple of nice defensive plays earlier this year, but that hasn’t gotten him on the field much.

    I don’t think sitting McCluster for a half is a bad idea. Seems like Lionel Breaux or Mike Wallace would be good Wild Rebel candidates.

    — PA

  5. donttouchatwire Says:

    if this foot injury continues to hamper Hardy will he still leave early for the nfl draft?

  6. Tyler-for-Heisman Says:

    Did ya’ll see BJGE on MNF last night. The Pats blew out the bronco’s and, because of an injujury to Sammy Morris, Green-Ellis got his first NFL carry and touchdown. He looked good.

  7. djrebel Says:

    Wire, I think Hardy is gone regardless of how the rest of the season plays out. He’s let it be known he’s leaving, and he’ll be a better fit for the NFL game, not the college game where they still talk about teamwork.

    — PA

  8. cr Says:

    Well, either Petrino is not a good coach or he did not inherit much talent. If I were Petrino I know what I would say.

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