Ole Miss heads into its bye week at 8-1 on the season after last Saturday’s 31-28 win at Texas A&M.

In the initial College Football Playoff rankings that were released Tuesday night, the Rebels checked in at No. 11.

But they still have a path to a CFP berth, especially with a home game against Alabama up next on Nov. 12.

That said, with Auburn having parted ways with Bryan Harsin, Ole Miss will likely have to deal with some distractions during its bye week and ahead of its showdown with the Crimson Tide.

Why? Lane Kiffin is regularly being mentioned as a potential target for the Auburn job.

Kiffin, however, isn’t interested in addressing those rumors.

“We don’t really comment on those things,” he said Wednesday during the weekly SEC coaches teleconference. “They happen every year a lot of times. All they are is a product of players performing well and assistant coaches. We’re happy here and have great support here.”

Kiffin added that the rumors aren’t something he’ll discuss with his team.

“I don’t tell them anything,” he said. “We have a pro mindset here. Players have jobs to do, so do coaches. That’s how we run it. I don’t tell them anything about it because it doesn’t have anything to do with anything.”

As for his goals for the bye week, Kiffin said there are two areas of focus.

“We’re trying to get healthy,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries, especially defensively. We’re trying to clean some things up and get better.”