Rebels, Tide eye SEC West showdown

Rain poured on Oxford, Miss., for much of Sunday, doing nothing to damper the sunnier disposition of the town’s favorite football coach.

The situation feels different for Ole Miss’ Houston Nutt and his 20th-ranked Rebels than it did just a few days before. A therapeutic 23-7 victory Saturday night at Vanderbilt was never in doubt, and it showed glimpses that the recent whipping boy for SEC and national pundits isn’t ready to give in on its 2009 aspirations.