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Ole Miss football drops to 17th in both USA TODAY Coaches and AP polls

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The sun came up.

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Alabama Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

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.