Mississippi in the midst of brutal SEC stretch, faces Arkansas next

 OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - For just about every team in the Southeastern Conference, there comes a stretch during the season where the schedule looks nearly to impossible to navigate.

Mississippi is in the midst of it right now. Coach Houston Nutt likes to call it "The Three A's" - as in No. 7 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn and No. 21 Arkansas - during a three-week span.

All three teams are ranked, and the Rebels lost 23-10 to Alabama on Saturday.

But they don't have any time to pout. Ole Miss (3-3, 1-2) travels to face Arkansas (4-2, 1-2) this weekend in Fayetteville, which is sure to be a hostile environment since Nutt will be returning to the place he coached for a decade for only the second time.

Nutt has beaten his former school in the previous two meetings.

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