That team’s response? The Rebels won their next five games, climbed into the national polls, won a January bowl game and fueled a fire of optimism that ran well into the next summer.
Heading into Saturday’s game against No. 3 Auburn (8-0, 5-0 SEC) at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the topsy-turvy, inconsistent Rebels of 2010 are hoping for a repeat.
“We’ve always been a strong finisher, but we’ve got a tough, tough way ahead because we’re starting with the number one team in the nation,” Nutt, the third-year Ole Miss coach, said.