The first official College Football Playoff rankings came out on Tuesday night and had the Rebs sitting at a comfortable No. 16 spot.
Losing to No. 18 Auburn this weekend was not ideal in regards to Ole Miss’ post-season dreams. It is almost guaranteed that they have no chance of winning the SEC West, making any playoff dreams unattainable at this point in the season. However, there are still quite a few winnable games left on the schedule. Don’t count the Rebs out of a New Year’s Six bowl quite yet.
Ole Miss will look to finish out their non-conference opponents this weekend in Oxford against the Liberty Flames. Continuing their three-game homestand, the Rebels will host the No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies, SEC east opponent Vanderbilt, before heading to Starkville to take on No. 17 Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. While there are no guarantees in college football, this team is capable to win out if they get the injuries under control.
Finishing the end of the year in the top-12 would guarantee a New Year’s Six bowl, and with A&M ranked ahead of the Rebels right now, a win over the Aggies could be crucial for the Rebels postseason dreams.
To no ones surprise, Georgia came in at first in the CFP rankings, followed by Alabama, Michigan State, and Oregon at No. 4.
The most shocking result of this week's announcement was the undefeated Oklahoma Sooners coming in at No. 8. The Sooners have struggled with their lesser opponents, and despite a zero in the loss column, it’s clear this year's committee values strength of schedule and domination of opponents, rather than just an undefeated schedule. The undefeated Cincinnati Bearcats are also undefeated this year and had one big win over Notre Dame, but were kept very controversially at No. 6 behind (7-1) Oregon, and (7-1) Ohio State.
Here are some other SEC teams currently in contention:
14. Texas A&M
16. Ole Miss
17. Mississippi State
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