Ole Miss took another step toward the Sugar Bowl this evening with the release of the College Football Playoff rankings.
The Sugar Bowl will select the SEC championship game winner if it does not qualify for the playoff.
If the winner does qualify, as Alabama, No. 2 in this week’s rankings would, the Sugar Bowl will select the SEC team team highest rated by the committee that is not in the playoff.
With one set of rankings remaining the Rebels moved up five spots to No. 13 after their 38-27 win over Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 21 last week.
Florida dropped six spots from No. 12 to No. 18 after a 27-2 loss to Florida State.
Nothing short of a monumental upset by Florida against Alabama would knock Ole Miss out of the Sugar Bowl position.
ESPN analyst Rece Davis offered a bit of commentary about the Rebels as the rankings were released saying they “may be in position for a New Year’s Six bowl after a little bit of swoon mid-season for Chad Kelly and the Rebels.”