The Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches polls were released on Sunday after week five was complete and the Ole Miss Rebels (3-1, 0-1) are now 17th in the country following their 42-21 loss to No. 1 Alabama.
The Rebels dropped five spots after being humbled in Tuscaloosa, but there’s no time to dwell on that as No. 16 Arkansas (4-1, 0-1) comes to town this week fresh off their 37-0 ass beating at the hands of No. 2 Georgia.
All is not lost, obviously, after losing by 21-points to the No. 1 team in the land as Ole Miss as plenty left to play for in 2021. The Rebels are still top-20 (16th nationally) in Bill Connelly’s SP+ rankings despite their first blemish (6th offense, 58th defense). The Rebels are still ahead of schedule in year two of the Kiffin Era and have a great opportunity on Saturday to wash this taste out of their mouth.
Early betting odds were released Sunday afternoon and Ole Miss opens as a six-point favorite over the visiting Razorbacks. You can bet that head coach Lane Kiffin and quarterback Matt Corral have this one circled after last year’s disappointing performance in Fayetteville.