Anyone who does anything like this for a living -- or, in our case, for a hobby -- hates trying to figure out what a Houston Nutt team will do. In 2008, no one had them going to the Cotton Bowl at the end of the year (except maybe whoever voted for the Rebels to win the SEC West); in 2010, no one had them losing to Jacksonville State.
So all of this is offered with a boulder-sized grain of salt. It's probably safe to guess that Ole Miss is not going 14-0 and holding up the crystal football at the end of the year -- something that Houston Nutt has never done. But if someone asked me if it would be a surprise for the Rebels to return to the Cotton Bowl or even do something crazy like getting an at-large bid to the BCS, I would have to say no.
That said, I don't think that's incredibly likely. This is still a team that is rebuilding, or building, or whatever you want to call the reclamation project Nutt was tasked with when he took over for Ed Orgeron. It's fair to criticize Nutt for what happened last year -- Ole Miss should have gone to a bowl -- but one should also keep in mind that he didn't exactly take over a team that was in the hunt for SEC West championships.
Place: Last in the SEC West
Record: 4-8, 1-7 SEC
Could be: 2-10 to 7-5
Best chance for an upset (besides Auburn): at MISSISSIPPI STATE
9.3.11 | BYU | POSSIBLE LOSS
9.10.11 | SOUTHERN ILLINOIS | WIN*
9.17.11 | at VANDERBILT | POSSIBLE LOSS
9.24.11 | GEORGIA | PROBABLE LOSS
10.1.11 | at FRESNO STATE | POSSIBLE WIN
10.15.11 | ALABAMA | PROBABLE LOSS
10.22.11 | ARKANSAS | POSSIBLE LOSS
10.29.11 | at AUBURN | POSSIBLE WIN
11.5.11 | at KENTUCKY | POSSIBLE LOSS
11.12.11 | LOUISIANA TECH | LIKELY WIN
11.19.11 | LSU | PROBABLE LOSS
11.26.11 | at MISSISSIPPI STATE | POSSIBLE LOSS
*This does not guarantee a victory when a Houston Nutt team and an FCS team are involved.