Ole Miss took care of business on the plains Saturday evening. The Rebels brushed past Auburn with a 28-21 victory. With not much movement expected around the top 15 in the AP Poll, where would Ole Miss rank?
After the loss in week 4 to Alabama, the Rebels have been slowly creeping back the AP Poll. After wins against LSU and Arkansas, they found themselves at number 13 in the rankings. However, even with a big win over Auburn, not many teams above them lost their games.
In fact, Ole Miss only jumped one spot up to 12 on this weeks AP Poll. With North Carolina slipping up against Virginia, they moved down, with the Rebels jumping up into their spot. USC also lost, who were ranked at 10 after week 7. They also slipped down after there loss to Utah. However, Oregon State moved up to the 12 spot after their win over UCLA.
The Rebels are now at 6-1 with their only loss against Alabama, who are now ranked at number 9.
This coming week Ole Miss are at home against a struggling Vanderbilt team. The Commodores did match Georgia for most of the first half in week 6. However, they have not been competitive in many of their games, sitting with a 2-6 record.
When Ole Miss meet Vanderbilt in week 9, it’s going to take something special for the rankers to justify moving them up. The Rebels will need a big convincing win, along with teams above them losing for them to potentially move up.
After the Vanderbilt game, they have Texas A&M, then Georgia. Two teams that will affect the AP Poll with victory. The Aggies are not ranked, but they do offer some bonus points if the Rebels can grab a win. A win against Georgia however is the pinnacle of ranking points as it stands.
With still 5 games left to play, there is still plenty of movement expected in the AP Poll in the 2023 college football season.