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Despite all the close losses, Nutt remains upbeat

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt doesn't need to do the math.

Really, he doesn't want to.

His Rebels (3-4, 1-3 SEC) have lost four football games this season, and all four have been decided by a touchdown or less. All four were decided in the final minutes, and the Rebels hurt themselves in all four with mistakes.

As nauseating as the close losses have been, Nutt has no doubt that his Ole Miss team is moving in the right direction.

"I think they are going to be a great team. I think they are really starting to see it, and all they need is a little dose and that dose is that win," said Nutt, whose club battled back from a 24-3 deficit, only to come up short Saturday in a 24-20 loss to No. 2-ranked Alabama.

"The reason we're able to play in this environment is you reach back to a game like Florida. A lot of teams can't stay on the field with Alabama, a lot of teams. Georgia had a tough time the first half. This team is a solid team. I think we can build from it as long as we keep hanging on the rope and keep fighting. There's still a lot to play for."