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Ole Miss up to No. 8 in College Football Playoff Rankings

We're gonna be so mad when they expand this thing to eight teams next year.

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The Ole Miss Rebels remain the top-ranked two-loss team in the nation, coming in at No. 8 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Alabama made the most noteworthy jump, climbing from No. 5 all the way to No. 1 after defeating then-No. 1 Mississippi State this past weekend in Tuscaloosa. They join the now-No. 4 Bulldogs, Florida State, and Oregon as the four teams who would be eligible for the national championship if the season were to end today.

Ole Miss is just behind one-loss Baylor and just above a two-loss UCLA squad, and would need nothing short of a miracle or ten to break into the top four. Left on Baylor's schedule are Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Kansas State, two of which will be less-than-worthy tests, but tests nontheless. Above Baylor in the rankings is an Ohio State team that doesn't at all look like a team that's about to lose, unless they get Melvin Gordon'd in the B1G Championship Game. And No. 5 TCU isn't about to lose to Texas or Iowa State, in my view.

Still, if the Rebs take care of business and get some help from Auburn, Oregon State, Kansas State, and Wisconsin, there's a shot. As has been often repeated on this here website, it's a very long shot, but it's a shot nonetheless.

The full rankings and a look ahead for each team are as follows:

Rank Team Last week Week 12 result Toughest opponent left (per F/+) If the season ended today ...
1 Alabama (9-1) 5 Won 25-20 vs. No. 1 Mississippi State Auburn Sugar Bowl vs. Mississippi State
2 Oregon (9-1) 2 Idle Oregon State Rose Bowl vs. Florida State
3 Florida State (10-0) 3 Won 30-26 at Miami Boston College Rose Bowl vs. Oregon
4 Mississippi State (9-1) 1 Lost 25-20 at No. 5 Alabama Ole Miss Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama
5 TCU (9-1) 4 Won 34-30 at Kansas Texas New Year's bowl
6 Ohio State (9-1) 8 Won 31-24 at No. 25 Minnesota Michigan New Year's bowl
7 Baylor (8-1) 7 Idle Kansas State New Year's bowl
8 Ole Miss (8-2) 10 Idle Mississippi State Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech
9 UCLA (8-2) 11 Idle USC New Year's bowl
10 Georgia (8-2) 15 Won 34-7 vs. No. 9 Auburn Georgia Tech New Year's bowl
11 Michigan State (8-2) 12 Won 37-15 at Maryland Penn State New Year's bowl
12 Kansas State (7-2) 13 Idle Baylor
13 Arizona State (8-2) 6 Lost 35-27 at Oregon State Arizona
14 Auburn (7-3) 9 Lost 34-7 at No. 15 Georgia Alabama
15 Arizona (8-2) 14 Won 27-26 vs. Washington Arizona State
16 Wisconsin (8-2) 20 Won 59-24 vs. No. 16 Nebraska Minnesota
17 Utah (7-3) 23 Won 20-17 (2OT) at Stanford Arizona
18 Georgia Tech (9-2) 22 Won 28-6 vs. No. 19 Clemson Georgia Orange Bowl vs. Ole Miss
19 USC (7-3) NR Won 38-30 vs. Cal UCLA
20 Missouri (8-2) NR Won 34-27 at No. 24 Texas A&M Arkansas
21 Oklahoma (7-3) NR Won 42-30 at Texas Tech Oklahoma State
22 Clemson (7-3) 19 Lost 28-6 at No. 22 Georgia Tech South Carolina
23 Nebraska (8-2) 16 Lost 59-24 at No. 20 Wisconsin Minnesota
24 Louisville (7-3) NR Idle Notre Dame
25 Minnesota (7-3) 25 Lost 31-24 vs. No. 8 Ohio State Wisconsin

(And I wouldn't at all complain about an Orange Bowl berth. That'd be pretty fun.)