Archie Manning was guest on 106.7-FM The Fan in Washington D.C., earlier today.
Shortly into the interview he was asked about Ole Miss and the Rebels’ 1-2 start. Manning talked about the two home losses, then endorsed Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt.
“Jacksonville was one of those nightmare deals. You’re 31-10 and trying to figure out what back-ups you’re going to play then all of a sudden it snowballs, and you can’t stop it.
Vanderbilt came in last week, and it was a close game, tight back and forth, still Vanderbilt just won the game.
We’re not real good right now, and when two like that happen you lose confidence, so Houston’s got a big job.
I do think we have the right coach at Ole Miss. We’ve got a good football coach, and if anyone can kind of stabilize this thing, settle them down and get back to playing … I knew it wasn’t going to be a great, great year. Still, you hope you can turn it around, the SEC is a tough league.”
In other news …
Kentucky is putting up points and winning games. And it’s still football season. Ole Miss and Kentucky, which meet in The SEC Network game on Oct. 2 in Oxford, were both blessed with favorable early schedules, but it’s been Kentucky that has taken full advantage, outscoring Louisville, Eastern Kentucky and Akron 154-33 in a 3-0 start.
Before it heads to Oxford, Kentucky will take on Florida in Gainesville (Trivia question, last opposing team to win in the Swamp is …) this Saturday, a truer measuring stick of where the Wildcats stand under first-year coach Joker Phillips. Obviously Kentucky has some great skill people on offense. Given Florida’s rather average beginning, by Florida standards, an upset of the No. 9 Gators isn’t outside the realm of comprehension.