Commentary -

On one hand, the 24-20 loss to Alabama was the same song, different verse. On the other, it was the Rebs showing - again - they can play with anyone.

Randomly, on one hand or the other. . .

On one hand, Ole Miss' 24-20 loss to number 2-ranked Alabama was more frustration for a close-and-almost Rebel team. . .

. . . on the other, they proved - once again - they are a dangerous team capable of taking on any team, any time, in any environment and having a shot to win.

On one hand, WR/TB Dexter McCluster is one of the more exciting and productive offensive players to have graced our team in years. . .

. . . on the other, he's also coughed the ball up in several crucial situations this season that have been extremely costly.

On one hand, QB Jevan Snead shows tons of promise and poise and seems to be getting better little by little. . .

. . . on the other, until he gets more experience, we've come to expect a couple of plays a game that make us wince.

On one hand, the Rebel defense was dominated in the first half by the bruising Crimson Tide, giving up over 200 yards of offense. . .

. . . on the other, Tyrone Nix's crew came out like gangbusters in the second half and shut the Tide offense down completely, allowing a little over 100 yards of offense and zero points.

On one hand, this team shows composure and doesn't seem to get rattled in adverse situations. . .

. . . on the other, it came out of the tunnel to start the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium a bit big-eyed and in awe of the environment they found themselves in.

On one hand, the secondary got shredded in the first half, giving up two mid-range TD passes. . .

. . . on the other, they were on the Alabama receivers like glue in the second half and even came up with an interception.

On one hand, the Rebs gained 158 yards rushing, including an early 62-yard romp by freshman TB Enrique Davis, against a team that was giving up only 50 yards a game on the ground. . .

. . . on the other, they had two shots at a first down from a yard-and-half deep in Bama territory and couldn't get it.

On one hand, they are as exciting and thrill-a-minute as any team we've had in years. . .

. . . on the other, they seem to lull at times and dig themselves holes that are hard to dig out of.

On one hand, the Rebs are frustrating, discouraging, careless and ineffective. . .

. . . on the other, they are dynamic, resilient, dangerous and productive.

On one hand, the Rebs' next opponent, Arkansas in Fayetteville, takes on a "huge" status as the Rebs try to claw back to .500 and keep themselves in the hunt for a bowl game. . .

. . . on the other, they are all huge when you are trying to win in the SEC after four straight losing seasons.

On one hand, they are capable of winning out this season. . .

. . . on the other, they will have to put together some four-quarter games, which they have not done yet, to accomplish that.

On one hand, I really like this team. I enjoy being around them, I marvel at their overall attitude and work ethic, I appreciate their get-off-the-ground-and-keep-swinging demeanor and I see the potential they have. . .

. . . on the other, it's time for them, as Offensive Coordinator Kent Austin said postgame, to grow up and get it done.

On one hand, I know they are capable of winning. . .

On the other, to use one of my all-time favorite quotes, it's time.


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