The day after wasn’t any easier for Houston Nutt, who called it the “toughest night and toughest film session” he’s ever had.
Jacksonville State’s shocking 49-48 win over Ole Miss in double overtime was still resonating.
If the Rebels want to have any chance of salvaging this season, they can’t allow it to resonate for much longer.
They’re still plenty talented on defense, although it looks like the secondary may be more of a work in progress than anybody knew.
Offensively, they made big plays this past weekend, moved the ball consistently and have a couple of quarterbacks at their disposal, although that might be something they need to sort out sooner rather than later.
Nutt needs to be careful with how he handles the whole quarterback situation. The team is already fragile enough coming off such an embarrassing loss. At this point, it looks like junior college newcomer Randall Mackey may redshirt.
The best thing going for the Rebels remains their schedule. If they can get it back together and play like it means something to them, they still have a chance to be 4-1 going into that Alabama game on Oct. 16.
Ole Miss travels to Tulane this weekend before coming back home to face Vanderbilt, Fresno State and Kentucky.
That looked like a pretty cushy stretch for the Rebels, especially with so many games coming at home, this time a week ago.
Now, it’s a stretch they better take advantage of if they want to keep this season from unraveling.
The pressure’s on. We’ll see if Nutt can rally his guys. This is where he’s done some of his best work in the past ... when everybody counts him and his team out.