Nutt says Fresno State, 2-0 after beating Cincinnati 28-14 at home and Utah State 41-24 on the road, is used to playing teams from other conferences, so they won't be fearful of facing Ole Miss in Oxford.
"They've been in different arenas," he said. "They've played some big teams. The arenas don't bother them."
However, he still says it all comes back to the Rebels.
"I'm more concerned about us," he said of his 1-2 Ole Miss team that's 0-1 in Southeastern Conference play. "We're going to make a couple of moves in the offensive line. We're going to give a few more looks to Jared Duke, Emmanuel McCray, Patrick Junen. Those guys are going to get a good look inside at guards. We've got to get those guys going. We've just got to do a better job up front and get our running game better to help take pressure off passing game."
Nutt says the offensive line continues to struggle, and that has to change.
"It starts up front," he said. "We knew coming in we had a younger group. We just feel we can get more production, better production from that group. So we've got to give those guys a chance."
He also says the Rebels could see as they watched the replay that there was a chance for victory against Vanderbilt.
"They watched film and our guys saw they had their opportunities," he said. "They had their opportunities to make some plays. That's what's frustrating. Nobody hates it more than they do. Nobody hates it more than the coaches. We're trying to get it corrected and get it going."
Q: You've had some 1-2 starts before. How did you get those turned around then?
Nutt: It's that delicate mind psyche'. We're trying to take care of that starting with our seniors. That's who you have to go to. The seniors have to play their best ball. You rely on guys like Jerrell Powe and Kentrell Lockett, Lawon Scott, Jonathan Cornell, Johnny Brown. You rely on those guys to lead your team and put their stamp on it and get us back. It's about keeping on fighting. Anybody can let go of the rope. Anybody can say I confess, it's your fault. Anybody can do that. I rally believe in these guys, and I'm going to let them know that every single day when we hit the field. You either get better or you get worse. The one thing they've always said about us is our teams play the hardest. And that's what I'm going to really push. We've always been known for playing at the highest level. I want to make sure everybody is doing that. I can live with whatever happens as long as they give everything they have and we give them the best opportunity. I can live with whatever happens. But that is the formula for how to do it.
Q: Do the players feel some pressure?
Nutt: I know they want to win. There's only one way to spell fun. You've got to have a celebrated locker room. W I N and that's it. The first game of the season was a shocker. When you look at Vanderbilt, they didn't beat themselves. We did, and that's the bottom line. Give Vandy credit, but we had opportunities. We left 17-24 points on the field, and our defense really gave up just 14. Giving up an 80-yard run is a back-breaker. We've got to get our confidence back, our swagger back, and that's about making plays and playing very hard.
Q: Is your team still searching for a chemistry?
Nutt: Coming into the season I felt like our defense was going to be our backbone, the group with the most seniors. You lean on those guys. When things dno't go the way you pan, naturally there's a little bit of hesitancy in stepping out there a little bit. Am I supposed to be doing this? Should I be making that play? Sometimes they start questioning and lose that confidence. I don't want them to lose that. We've got a good team, but we're a team that has to hit on all cylinders, everybody playing their best at a high level and don't turn it over. We've just got to keep fighting. It starts with our seniors and that's the bottom line. There's nothing like that does of medicine and that's to win. That's how you learn the right lessons.
Q: How is Josh Tatum?
Nutt: He was limping around yesterday. He's stil not 100 percent. He's trying to get back and we need for him to be full speed.
Q: Compare your defensive front this year to last year.
Nutt: We put a lot on our defensive front, because that's our most experienced group. They haven't played their best game yet either. Those are the guys who have played a lot of SEC snaps. We depend on those guys to be very disruptive. I'm looking for their best ball coming up. Last year there was more experience in the secondary. You have Kendrick Lewis playing for the Chiefs. You've got Marshay Green playing for Arizona (Cardinals). You had a lot of older guys mixed in and had a well-rounded group from the front end to the back end. That's the biggest difference.
Q: How are Jeff Scott and Cameron Whigham?
Nutt: They're getting better and will practice tomorrow. We're loking for them to get going.