Spanning the globe on a Wednesday morning …
Ole Miss is ranked No. 12 in the College Football Playoff rankings released by the selection committee. That’s a huge deal and puts the Rebels on the cusp of one of the Big Six bowls, presumably the Cotton. I only say that because I’ve seen them projected there several times with a potential matchup with Baylor.
If you’re thinking six games are filled by the top 12 teams remember that the new rules call for the committee’s games to include power league conference champs who don’t make the playoff — plus “the top-ranked champion from a non-contract conference,” the website states.
That one at-large spot could push the Rebels back down in the pecking order.
However, the Rebels are finished playing. Georgia Tech, at No. 11, and Kansas State, at No. 9, both have remaining games to play. Ole Miss could move up a bit. Wisconsin is right behind Ole Miss at No. 13. The Badgers will play a Big 10 Conference championship game against a wounded Ohio State team. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.
Bowl pairings are announced Sunday.
Tuesday brought confirmation of our Monday night report that Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss had reached a verbal agreement on a contract extension. While Ross Bjork and Freeze confirmed that on Twitter, it did not bring an official announcement or other details from Ole Miss. That could come today.
Meanwhile, some Hugh Freeze reaction, this from David Pollack:
Great job by Ole Miss locking up Hugh Freeze. He is an outstanding coach, recruiter & guy. Great offensive mind.
That new Florida coach could very well be Colorado State’s Jim McElwain. Depending on who you ask he might have been the top choice of Jeremy Foley, the Florida AD. That would no doubt be Foley’s answer if McElwain, the former Alabama offensive coordinator, is eventually hired. …
This is the kind of stuff you get to do when you win the rivalry game. Some Ole Miss fans have put their spin on Dan Mullen’s prediction of his looming fatigue. …
Dak Prescott won the Conerly Trophy last night. Associated Press sports writer David Brandt says this is a picture of Freeze congratulating Prescott. Could be Prescott congratulating Freeze:
From tonight's Conerly ceremony, Hugh Freeze congratulates Dak Prescott. Photo by AP's Rogelio Solis. pic.twitter.com/Gr3asOoH1V
With the Freeze deal done, For Whom The Cowbell Tolls asks the question, “Where is Dan Mullen’s raise?”
It’s certainly a question worth asking. It might have to be answered amid the backdrop of Mullen relocation rumors with jobs now open at Nebraska and Michigan.