Up Next: Arkansas

After a little time away, the Rebels return to practice today and turn their attention to Arkansas.

It will be interesting to see what new wrinkles might appear in the Ole Miss offense after an open date. The Rebels won’t have the full advantage of have a day off yesterday, because Arkansas also had an open date.

Kickoff in Little Rock is 11:21 a.m. No word on whether Houston Nutt will toss the coin.

So the old adage of “Give a coach two weeks to prepare” will work both ways, and both teams will have the advantage of extra time to rest wounded players.

This isn’t the same Arkansas team that lost 58-10 at Texas A&M a few weeks ago. The Razorbacks are better. How much better remains to be seen, because while the Hogs have won two straight, they’ve won them against the two worst teams in the SEC right now — Auburn and Kentucky. Still, two straight wins in the league after four straight losses — including non-conference losses to La.-Monroe and Rutgers — will make Arkansas a more confident team.

The Hogs appear to be getting healthier on offense with the return of tight end Chris Gragg, who will provide another target for an offense that has depended quite a bit on one guy — Cobi Hamilton — to this point.

Defensively, some of the players lost earlier are still out.

Three weeks ago the Hogs were giving up 510 yards a game. They’ve trimmed that number to 434.57 yards a game, a figure that still ranks them 89th in America and 13th in the SEC in total defense.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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