The final round of the college football regular season is in the books, with Ole Miss capturing their 10th win of the season in the Egg Bowl. The latest AP Poll is out, which sees the Rebels move up again, with one last set of rankings announced next week.
Ole Miss signed off with a win in their regular-season finale against Mississippi State last Thursday. With the victory in the Egg Bowl, the Rebels move to 10-2 on the season heading into their December Bowl game.
The AP Poll rankings will not determine which bowl game Ole Miss will compete in. However, it is a good indicator of where they might rank in the CFP rankings.
Last week, the Rebels landed at number 12, jumping up one place from 13. Earlier the same happened again, as the associated press had Rebels move up one spot again to 11.
With Ole Miss kicking off rivalry week on Thursday with a win, all eyes were on teams just above them to see if they could avoid slipping below the Rebels.
Missouri and Penn State did just that with convincing victories. Louisville could not get the win, going down to unranked Kentucky 38-31. The loss had the Cardinals slipping to 15, just below Arizona.
Number 15-ranked Louisville will play number 4-ranked Florida State in the ACC Championship game. It will be interesting to see if they can jump over the Rebels with a win, having lost two games to unranked opponents.
Tulane is ranked 17 and plays in the AAC Championship game against SMU. Even with a win, it will be hard to have the Green Wave above the Rebels, with Ole Miss already having a win over them this season.
The final team behind Ole Miss and competing in a Championship Game is Oklahoma State. They take on Texas in the Big 12 championship game. A win is unlikely to move them up too far, as they have three losses to unranked opponents.
It feels unlikely that if any of the mentioned teams win, they would leapfrog the Rebels. We have had drama in AP Polls and ranking in the past. However, with the Rebels having two losses to Georgia and Alabama, both ranked in the top 8, it feels unlikely any controversy will follow after next weekend’s games.