Like most of the teams so far, Ole Miss is one of those teams that's almost impossible to get a bead on. There are a lot of new players on both sides of the ball, and while some of them might be good down the road, all of them are still going to be starting in the SEC for the first time this year. That's not a formula for a lot of success early on.
At the same time, there are as many as eight winnable games on the schedule this year. And while we can dispute Houston Nutt's ability to meet expectations all we want, part of that perception comes from his knack for ambushing some unsuspecting team who's en route to a conference or national championship. There's no reason to believe he won't do that this season; after the jump, you'll find whom I expect him to upset this time.
But the baseline for Nutt and Co. this year has to be: Remain bowl eligible. If he can do that during his first transition year in Oxford, it's reason enough to remain confident that he's building something approaching a solid program at Ole Miss. If he falls short, that's another story entirely that depends on the degree; but the expectation now should be for success.
One more note: The best chance for an upset should be noted to be the best chance aside from a predicted upset. We're getting to that part of the league where any given, any given Saturday, etc. So that caveat will be applied more for a few weeks.
Place: 5th in the SEC West
Record: 7-5, 3-5 SEC
Could be: 5-7 to 9-3
Best chance for an upset (aside from obvious): Auburn
Bowl: Music City Bowl
9.4.10 | JACKSONVILLE STATE | WIN
9.11.10 | at TULANE | WIN
9.18.10 | VANDERBILT | PROBABLE WIN
9.26.10 | FRESNO STATE | PROBABLE WIN
10.2.10 | KENTUCKY | POSSIBLE LOSS
10.16.10 | at ALABAMA | PROBABLE LOSS
10.23.10 | at ARKANSAS | POSSIBLE WIN
10.30.10 | AUBURN | POSSIBLE LOSS
11.6.10 | LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE | WIN
11.13.10 | at TENNESSEE | POSSIBLE WIN
11.20.10 | at LSU | POSSIBLE LOSS
11.27.10 MISSISSIPPI STATE | POSSIBLE LOSS