Sunday, September 14, 2008


You won't find Vanderbilt's next opponent, Ole Miss, in the "votes received" portion of the AP and USA Today ballots. That doesn't mean a thing. The Rebels are loaded with high-school All-Americans brought to Oxford by Ed Orgeron, a great recruiter and a sorry coach. Now Ole Miss has a proven coach, Houston Nutt. Remember what Nutt did with lesser talent in his first year at Arkansas?

Here's what the Rebels have done so far this season:

• Stomped the Memphis team (41-24) that nearly beat Rice last week.
• Lost to No. 18 Wake Forest 30-28 in Winston-Salem on a last-second field goal.
• Beat Samford 34-10 on Saturday.

Vanderbilt deserves to be ahead of Ole Miss right now in the polls. South Carolina is at least as tough a team as Wake Forest, Rice is obviously better than Memphis, and Miami-Ohio is stronger than Samford.

But that's on paper. Which team — Vanderbilt or Ole Miss — will prevail in Oxford on Saturday?

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