Neal McCready, who covers Ole Miss football for Rivals, predicted that the Rebels would lose to Arkansas 49-10 in his weekly picks. McCready was correct that Ole Miss lost the game, but it was only 29-24. Apparently the five-point loss (complemented by a blown 17-0 lead) was a source of pride for Nutt. After the game, he had a few words for McCready.
“They played real hard,” Nutt said. “They played harder than that 49-10, right, Neal? One on my players told me. I don’t read your stuff; they tell me what you say. One of my freshmen told me that Neal McCready wrote that we were going to get beat 49-10. It wasn’t no 49-10.”
Apparently not all losses are equal in Houston Nutt’s book — Ole Miss fought hard for that defeat.
New rules: At the end of the day, it’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s about whether or not you got blown out. Thanks for the words of inspiration, Houston.
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