Wednesday Morning Update

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:

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:

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.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Lee814

    It is kind of ironic that the at large team from outside the big 5 will almost certainly be Boise State. If that is the case, three of the teams in New Years Six bowls will have lost to Ole Miss (BSU, Bama, and MSU). I would imagine that is a big reason Ole Miss is 12 right now. Ole Miss fans need to be cheering for Baylor and Ohio State this week, along with Alabama. A Missouri win would knock OM out of contention for a New Year’s Six bowl and probably MSU as well.

    Parrish, do you think that this ranking paired with Missouri’s ranking (as long as they don’t upset Bama) should put OM at no worse than the Citrus Bowl? I know that the Citrus is not based on rankings, but if they lose, Missouri would probably drop even further in the CFB rankings.

    • yep

      We also need Florida State to win. If Ga Tech wins, they get the automatic bid as the ACC champion and Fla State stands a good chance of getting an at-large NYD bid potentially knocking us out. With that said. If Boise State, Alabama, Miss State and Ole Miss all go to NYD bowls, which is likely if Alabama and Boise State both win, if Ole Miss wins their bowl they will have beaten 1/3 of all the teams in the NYD six major bowls. How many teams can say that?

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