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ESPN.com's SEC blogger Edward Aschoff weighed in Ole Miss and Saturday's game against Alabama

The Daily Mississippian sports editor Austin Miller recently caught up with ESPN.com's SEC blogger and Oxford native Edward Aschoff talks about Ole Miss' season so far, best/worst case scenario for the rest of the season and what it will take for the Rebels to pull the upset of No. 2 Alabama Saturday.

Austin Miller: What do you think the Ole Miss football season to this point?

Edward Aschoff: It's been a tough season for the Rebels so far. The offense couldn't get much going until the Fresno State game and while the defense has improved, it's still giving up more than 400 yards a game and almost 200 yards on the ground. To win in this league, you simply can't do that. I'm really surprised at the play of the offensive line. It hasn't blocked the run or pass well and has been a weak point for part of the season. Houston Nutt prides himself on being about to run the ball and the Rebels haven't done that consistently, which is another killer in this league. I didn't think Ole Miss would really compete for the West title, let alone win it, but I thought this team would be more competitive at this point. This certainly isn't the start Ole Miss wanted or needed. I'm interested to see how the offense looks now that Randall Mackey is in charge.

AM: What's the best case scenario for the rest of the season? Worst case?

EA: Best case: 6-6. That means either getting a major upset over Arkansas or beating Auburn. Worst case: 4-8. Losing out in the SEC, but beating Kentucky.

AM: How hot is Houston Nutt's hot seat? What will it take for him to keep his job for next season?

EA: I think it is definitely getting hotter, which is a shame because this is Year 4 for him. Remember he won back-to-back Cotton Bowls in his first two years. Yes, last season was bad and this year might not be any better, but this isn't Alabama. This isn't LSU or Florida. Ole Miss isn't on their level and while the fan base and the administration should demand more, this is the best anyone has done here in a very long time. Trust me, I grew up in Oxford and I've seen some very bad football inside of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Nutt brought in a very talented recruiting class last year that I think could be the backbone of this program in the near future. Unfortunately, I think he has to make it back to a bowl game in order to stay, which is quite sad honestly.

AM: Who's better: Alabama or LSU? Who do you think will win the game Nov. 5?

EA: At this point I'll give the edge to Alabama. Alabama has the edge at running back, linebacker and quarterback. LSU has a better defensive line and might have more pure team speed. The secondaries are neck and neck, but LSU's might be a little more athletic. But these two teams are pretty evenly matched and are clearly ahead of everyone not only in the SEC but in the entire country. I'll go with Alabama to win because the Tide is at home. If this game were in Baton Rouge, I'd probably pick LSU.

AM: What are the keys to Saturday’s game? What will it take for Ole Miss to pull the upset?

EA: Ole Miss can't turn the ball over, has to generate some sort of running game and has contain Trent Richardson. However, none of those will be easy to do. Alabama has the better team and better athletes, but Ole Miss has a shot of keeping it close if it doesn't make a handful of mistakes. Alabama will capitalize on them in a heartbeat and this game will be over before halftime.