This year’s “Ole Miss”: Will expectations doom Arkansas?

Last year, it was Ole Miss stealing all the headlines as Alabama’s most likely biggest obstacle in reaching Atlanta as the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division champion. The Rebels appeared to have it all: a suffocating defense, the quarterback with the big arm, a slew of running backs with big-game experience and big-play ability.

One thing experts did not expect, however, was that Houston Nutt wasn’t ready to coach under those kinds of expectations. Sure, 9-4 is a good season at Ole Miss but is it the kind of finish Rebel supporters expected when a lofty top-10 preseason ranking was bestowed upon Colonel Reb’s favorite army?