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The Rebs aren't playing, but Ole Miss fans have some rooting interests today.

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Even though No. 10 Ole Miss don't take the field until next week's trip to Arkansas, there's a lot of damn good, important football for Rebel fans to watch today. As we've talked about already, there are a few scenarios that must take place for Ole Miss to win the SEC West and have a legitimate shot to take one of the four spots in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Those scenarios begin to play out today at 2:30 PM Central.

Today's full schedule is as follows:

Sat, Nov 15, 2014
12:00 PM ET
ESPNU
Virginia Tech at (21) Duke
12:00 PM ET
SECN
South Carolina at Florida
12:00 PM ET
ESPN
(19) Clemson at (22) Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET
ESPN2
Temple at Penn State
12:00 PM ET
BTN/BTN2
Iowa at Illinois
12:00 PM ET
ABC/ESPN3
(8) Ohio State at (25) Minnesota
12:00 PM ET
CBSS
Army at Western Kentucky
12:30 PM ET
ESPN3/ESGP
Pittsburgh at North Carolina
1:00 PM ET
ESPN3
Miami (OH) at Central Michigan
2:00 PM ET
ROOT
Nevada at Air Force
2:00 PM ET
ESPN3
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
2:30 PM ET
FSN
Rice at Marshall
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3/ESGP
Wake Forest at NC State
3:00 PM ET
FS1
(4) TCU at Kansas
3:00 PM ET
ESPN3
Appalachian State at Arkansas State
3:30 PM ET
CBSS
Georgia Southern at Navy
3:30 PM ET
NBC
Northwestern at (18) Notre Dame
3:30 PM ET
BTN/BTN2
Indiana at Rutgers
3:30 PM ET
CBS
(1) Mississippi State at (5) Alabama
3:30 PM ET
ESPN
Oklahoma at Texas Tech
3:30 PM ET
ABC/ESPN3
(16) Nebraska at (20) Wisconsin
3:30 PM ET
FOX
Washington at (14) Arizona
3:30 PM ET
AMSN
Middle Tennessee at FIU
3:30 PM ET
ESPNU
Memphis at Tulane
4:00 PM ET
SECN
Kentucky at Tennessee
4:00 PM ET
ESPNN
New Mexico at Utah State
4:30 PM ET
OCPV
Hawaii at San Jose State
5:00 PM ET
ESPN3
Troy at Idaho
6:00 PM ET
PAC12
(23) Utah at Stanford
7:00 PM ET
ESPNU
UNLV at BYU
7:00 PM ET
ESPN3
Louisiana-Lafayette at Louisiana-Monroe
7:15 PM ET
ESPN
(9) Auburn at (15) Georgia
7:30 PM ET
FOX
Texas at Oklahoma State
7:30 PM ET
SECN
Missouri at (24) Texas A&M
7:30 PM ET
ESPN3
Texas State at South Alabama
8:00 PM ET
BTN/BTN2
(12) Michigan State at Maryland
8:00 PM ET
ABC/ESPN3
(3) Florida State at Miami (FL)
8:00 PM ET
ESPN2
(17) LSU at Arkansas
8:00 PM ET
CBSS
South Florida at SMU
10:00 PM ET
FS1
North Texas at UTEP
10:15 PM ET
ESPNU
San Diego State at Boise State
10:45 PM ET
ESPN
(6) Arizona State at Oregon State

If you need me to spell it out more plainly for you today, your two chief rooting interests today are:

  • Alabama beating Mississippi State
  • Georgia beating Auburn
The rationale is simple: Ole Miss has two SEC losses, and can therefore only win the SEC West if everyone else has at least two SEC losses. A two-loss Auburn (which already exists!) would have the head-to-head tiebreaker against Ole Miss. Mississippi State has to lose twice, and with Alabama, Vanderbilt, and Ole Miss left on the schedule, we can only reasonably conclude that those two losses, if they are to happen, will come today and the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Alabama has to lose just once more, but since we need them to beat State, we therefore would need them to lose to a three-loss Auburn team in the Iron Bowl.

That would mean that there's a three-way tie atop the SEC West with Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Alabama each finishing 6-2. Ole Miss would have victories over both the Dawgzzz and the Crimson Tide, meaning they'd get the nod to represent the division in the SEC Championship Game. Win that, and it's conceivable that the SEC Champ, even with two losses, breaks into the playoff.

Make sense? Great. Roll Tide, Go Dawgs (arp arp arp), and Hotty Toddy.