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Tuesday Question - 10/20/09

Generally, we are the "authors" of "content" around here - "here" being a blog and not a message board. Recognize, we do, that you've come here not to contribute, but to consume. Nevertheless, there is the sporadic occasion where, either for our benefit or for to exercise the thinkifiers of the masses, we ask you a question. Today's question is ...

Is the Arkansas / Ole Miss game a "pivot" game?

For the second season in a row, Ole Miss enters its game against Arkansas with a one-game advantage in the overall ledger.  This year, however, there is a legitimate argument that the Hawgs - boasting close losses to Georgia and Florida and a win over Auburn - have the more impressive resume.  At the very least, everyone knows what they are going to get out of Arkansas.  Ole Miss has exhibited all the rational consistency of one of those pre-teen girl hormono-summits, falling perilously into the subject of "boys," that common parlance has dubbed a "sleepover."  But, Jevan Snead does not have any emotional issues.  He has always mistaken feet for hands.

In 2008, a controversial pass interference call secured the win for the Rebels, and no subsequent fourth quarter had even half the drama of the one played in Fayetteville.  Arkansas, meanwhile, went 2-2 down the stretch, including a loss to Mississippi State.  Will 2009 set these teams on course for their destiny?  With a win over the Rebels, the four-win Razorbacks would be staring down a five-game stretch that includes four at home.  A loss for the Rebels, meanwhile, drops the season ledger to 4-3, which could quickly turn into 4-4 with a trip to Auburn.

To crystallize the question - is the season pretty well made for the team that wins and pretty well over for the team that loses?