Whichever way you slice it, Saturday's 34-30 loss to Arkansas -- the second consecutive such failure for Ole Miss -- renders the remainder of the Rebels' 2016 campaign virtually moot. A 6-6 record at season's end seems like a real possibility right now, and frankly you'd be hard pressed to find anyone among Rebel nation who actually gives a shit about that sad prospect.
Ole Miss dropped 11 ranks in the AP Top 25, but honestly No. 23 still feels generous given the Rebs' complete pants-wetting in Fayetteville. No. 23 in the AP and No. 22 in the Coaches Poll mask the fact that Hugh Freeze and his staff had a bewildered game plan approaching Arkansas and that when Ole Miss went down early they crawled into a hole to weather the storm. It was over before halftime.
The top two spots remain unchanged, of course. Alabama thoroughly whipped Tennessee, while Ohio State needed overtime to down a noble Wisconsin effort. No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Clemson swapped rankings, while the big winner of the week was No. 12 West Virginia: the Mountaineers had previously been ranked No. 20.
|Rank||AP (Previous)||Coaches (Previous)||S&P+|
|2||Ohio State||Ohio State||Alabama|
|3||Michigan (4)||Clemson||Ohio State|
|6||Texas A&M||Texas A&M||Washington|
|10||Wisconsin (8)||Wisconsin||Ole Miss|
|11||Houston (13)||Houston (12)||Texas A&M|
|12||West Virginia (20)||Florida (14)||Oklahoma|
|13||FSU (14)||West Virginia (18)||Wisconsin|
|14||Boise State (15)||Boise State (15)||Baylor|
|15||Florida (18)||FSU (16)||FSU|
|16||Oklahoma (19)||Oklahoma (20)||Virginia Tech|
|17||Arkansas (22)||Arkansas (22)||Miami|
|18||Tennessee (9)||Utah (21)||Houston|
|19||Utah (21)||Tennessee (11)||Colorado|
|20||WMU (24)||WMU (23)||Penn State|
|21||Auburn (23)||UNC (30)||Nebraska|
|22||UNC (28)||Ole Miss (13)||Boise State|
|23||Ole Miss (22)||LSU (23)||USC|
|24||Navy (25)||Auburn (26)||West Virginia|
|25||LSU (29)||Navy (28)||NC State|