With two games remaining, Ole Miss are ranked 13 in the CFP rankings. What is the best the Rebels can expect if they win both of their final games?
If all the above unfolds in favour of Ole Miss, then the best-case scenario is being ranked number 8 in the CFP Rankings. Realistically, they will sneak the number ten spot if they take care of their own business.
How high can Ole Miss finish in the rankings when the regular season is out? If the Rebels win their last two games, what other results will help them jump back up?
Just above Ole Miss are Penn State and Oregon State. Out of the two teams, OSU has the toughest schedule. They still have to play two top-six opponents in Washington and Oregon. The Rebels will need them to lose both games, accepting they won’t be able to jump above those two teams.
Penn State are heavily favoured to win their final two games against Rutgers and Michigan State. A Rutgers win would be a positive for Ole Miss. Though a very close win for Penn State, with the Rebels blowing out their final two opponents, that could be enough to jump the Nittany Lions.
Louisville are at number 10 in the rankings, with a chance of an ACC Championship game. They have a tough road trip this weekend against Miami, finishing the season against Kentucky. A loss against either one of these teams will likely see them slip below Ole Miss.
Missouri have two losses against Georgia and LSU this season. They have Florida and Arkansas left on the schedule. Similar to Louisville, one more loss on the record will see Missouri slip in the rankings below the Rebels.
Looking at the top eight in the CFP rankings it’s tough to see Ole Miss jumping above any of these teams. If Texas lose both their final games or loses one along with the Big 12 Championship game, then it’s a possibility Ole Miss jump above them.
It will be difficult for the teams behind the Rebs to move above them if Ole Miss win their final games. If Oklahoma manages to make it to the Big 12 Championship game and face Texas and win, they have a possibility. However, they need Oklahoma State to drop a game before they can think about that scenario.
If all the above unfolds in favour of Ole Miss, then the best case scenario is being ranked number 8 in the CFP Rankings. Realistically, they will sneak the number ten spot if they take care of their own business.
It would be another successful season for Kiffin and the team, with a second top-ten finish with Ole Miss.