Ole Miss will discover its bowl destination this afternoon.
The College Football Playoff Committee’s website says the four playoff teams will be announced on ESPN at 11:30 a.m. It’s the 1:45 p.m. announcement of the four other committee bowls that matters to Ole Miss.
The most likely landing spot for the Rebels will be one of the playoff committee bowls — either the Cotton or Peach — or Citrus or Outback, which are SEC-assigned bowls.
Everything that needed to happen for Ole Miss relative to the committee’s most recent rankings happened over the course of the last two days.
The committee named Ole Miss the best three-loss team in the country in its Dec. 2 rankings. Now Arizona and Kansas State have joined that mix.
There are 12 spots for six committee bowl games, and Ole Miss was No. 12 last week. With a contractual obligation to take the highest ranked mid-major the Rebels are on the outside at No. 12. They need to climb at least one spot.
The question the committee will answer today is how far does it drop Arizona and Kansas State.
Arizona was pounded by Oregon. Kansas State was more competitive against a lesser ranked team, Baylor.
The most recent game isn’t supposed to carry weight like the complete body of work. We’ll see.
The committee has seemingly valued the Rebels’ wins over Alabama and Mississippi State, both ranked top five at the time. Alabama, of course, is still No. 1, and that Ole Miss win could mean even more considering the Tide’s complete dismantling of SEC East winner Missouri in yesterday’s championship game.
Arizona has a top-five win against Oregon on Oct. 2. The Wildcats’ schedule features six games against opponents ranked in the most recent committee poll. Arizona went 3-3 in those
Kansas State played four games against current committee ranked teams and went 1-3 in those games. It’s possible that Kansas State will have played three games after today. Their win was against Oklahoma, which was ranked No. 20 last week and lost in overtime Saturday to Oklahoma State.
Ole Miss played five current committee ranked teams and went 3-2. Boise State’s win last night over Fresno State for the Mountain West championship helps the Rebels’ resume.
Everything will become official this afternoon, and I’ll have updates on the blog.