By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
A 10-7 loss at LSU didn’t hurt the Ole Miss Rebels nearly as much as first thought as they entered the first top 25 poll distributed by the College Football Playoff selection committee at No. 4 Tuesday night.
The committee, formed during the offseason to help determine the eventual national champion, felt the Rebels, despite losing for the first time to the Tigers last Saturday, were the fourth best team in the nation. The announcement of the poll was released live on ESPN.
Mississippi State is ranked No.1 in the poll, followed by No. 2 Florida State and No. 3 Auburn. The Rebels host the Tigers Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in a game that will eliminate one of the two from the top, likely for good.
Of course there are still four regular games left to play for the Rebels, and the SEC Championship game in Atlanta if they win out, but if on Dec. 7 the Rebels are in the top four, then they would advance to play in one of two semifinal games in the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl. The College Football Playoff championship game will be played at Cowboys Stadium on Jan. 5.
Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson, who is tied for the nation’s lead with eight interceptions, said he didn’t really think he would keep up with the rankings. This was after practice, and prior to the announcement that the Rebels were ranked fourth.
“I’m not a big social media guy. I probably tweet out once or twice every week, so I don’t really pay attention to all that stuff,” Golson said. “If we don’t take care of this week, there probably won’t be any playoff. We’re just trying to stay focused on Auburn.”
Here is a link to the full Top 25 released tonight. Each Tuesday there will be a new set of rankings.