Top 10 Rebels

Ole Miss’ dominant Sugar Bowl win over Oklahoma State earned the Rebels a top 10 finish in The Associated Press Top 25.

Ole Miss took a huge leap forward in the final rankings moving from No. 16 to No. 10. It’s the Rebels’ highest AP finish since finishing No. 8 in 1969.

Oklahoma State was ranked No. 13 when the Rebels won 48-20 on New Year’s Night in New Orleans.

Ole Miss earned the Sugar Bowl bid by being the highest-ranked non-playoff SEC team according to the College Football Playoff committee which sets the New Year’s Six bowl games. The Rebels were No. 12 in the final playoff committee rankings, a list that is released before the bowl games and not updated after.

Here’s the AP link.


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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  • JB

    i consider a #10 national ranking handed to Old Miss was a very thoughtful and generous rating. They did get beat by Memphis, Arkansas , and an rated Florida Gator team>

    • Killer_Beeze

      C’mon JB. Don’t be so negative. Ole Miss ended the season with blow out wins over LSU, MSU, and 13th ranked OSU. It’s not how you start but how you end. Unfortunate for Florida. They had something good going with Will Grier until he did something stupid and the whole team paid for it with a sub par performance in the final stretch. Looking ahead: things look very bright for the Rebels.
      Coach Freeze and the Rebels have earned every bit of the #10 spot.

      • JB

        K_B not meaning to spout negatives wave, but It does make me wonder just how much that Sugar Bowl cost Mississippi gifts, promises, and monetary incentives to corral those 5 start performers. I must admit they are very good at what the do on the field and off the field..

        • Killer_Beeze

          Sorry JB, you lost me. The Sugar Bowl cost Ole Miss???
          The school made many Yen $$$ from their play in the Sugar Bowl and Coach Freeze and staff received a nice $$reward$$.
          It was a great way to end the year.
          BTW…Coach Freeze has definitely advanced each year in his ”journey”.
          Year one:
          7 wins
          Year two:
          8 wins
          Year three:
          9 wins
          Year four:
          10 wins.
          Year Five:
          SEC Championship?

          • JB

            Coach Freeze has made good progress in his tenure as
            head Coach up there, but whether a SEC championship will come his way next season, i do not know, guess it all depends on Kelley, if he stays or leaves, He goes and i doubt Ole Miss seeing an SEC championship unless Bo Wallace or a Kellley type reappear. Good luck.

          • Killer_Beeze

            News Flash JB

            Chad Kelly announced that he’s staying.
            The Rebels will be in good shape and reinforcements are on the way with a top ten recruiting class.
            You might wan to direct your concerns to the Gators. Their offense is a big question mark. Plus, Florida will have a real challenge to make it back to Atlanta. 🐊

          • JB

            The Gators will be back with a good offense to supplement another very good defense, Offense line in good shape and building stronger QB is the weakness, but wilth a new Qb in control of that offense, I think the Gators got a big education from the Michigan game, to be a winner one must have a very strong Offensive line of which the wolverines had as well as Arkansas big strong OLs. as for another return trip to Atlanta not counting on it now, Gator baseball is what is of interest to me now. K-B good luck to you and your Rebels, its good fthat Chad Kelley to return, I can never remember when Ole Miss was without an Allstar type QB

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