Good morning, and welcome to the Friday chat. We're talking Ole Miss football here.
The Rebels take on Southern Illinois tomorrow at 5. In spite of last year's FCS loss to Jacksonville State, this is a game the Rebels should handle. If they don't, there are issues beyond winning and losing on a single Saturday.
That being said, many questions won't be answered by coming out winning big against a smaller school in which Ole Miss offensive linemen will have an average size advantage of 66 pounds on the defensive linemen they'll face.
The Rebels need to come out, play crisp, efficient and win. Then Vanderbilt becomes a game they have to have to get on a path for six wins.
So, Southern Illinois ... Will the Rebels be better against the run? Will they stuff the Salukis on first down and be dominant defensively, not just effective?
What about quarterback? How do you manage those three in this game? Zack Stoudt is clearly the starter and should be in my opinion. How much does Randall Mackey play? How do you use him, and what do you do with Barry Brunetti in this game?
And what do you see from the Ole Miss run game? Can Jeff Scott handle 20 carries, or will Devin Thomas get a meaningful number of attempts?
Houston Nutt has spent a week working Chief Brown at running back? Should he figure or prominently into the game plan or just be available in case of emergency and go back to safety once things settle down?
I'll be checking in throughout the day. Leave your thoughts and observations below.