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Tuesday Question - 10/27/09

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 there an offensive letdown on our horizon?

Apparently, the offense has performed well since its self-inflicted genital tripping against Alabama.  With only one truly scary defense left on the schedule - not you John Chavis, your old employer - there is reason to believe that, even allowing for a reasonably "slow" day here or there, Ole Miss will not experience the sort of "season-shattering" sensation of those games against South Carolina and Alabama.

On the other hand, Dexter McCluster and Jevan Snead both had career days against Arkansas.  Even assuming that Snead left his funk in early October and Dexter will keep striking quickly when he gets to touch the ball, it is a little homer-ish to assume that they can continue to both produce at such a high level in every game.  And an Ole Miss offense where only one of them is on target is much easier to contain.

Furthermore, in a road test against Auburn, would it really be so surprising if Houston Nutt decided to be more ... safe with the offense?  The days of Snead staring off toward the sideline for 30 seconds in between every play are, hopefully, over, and more touches for McCluster ought to be fuel for the fire.  However, being so confident in the offense before a game on the plains is unsettlingly dissimilar from the way most Rebel fans felt for the first quarter of this season.