Inaugural CFP Poll would create Egg Bowl rematch in semifinal round
The brand new College Football Playoff Selection Committee released its first-ever Top 25 poll Tuesday night on ESPN, and the committee is already showing the SEC and the state of Mississippi plenty of love.
Six SEC teams cracked the inaugural CFP Top 25 Poll, including three teams ranked in the Top 4 — the spots that will go to the four playoff teams come season’s end. Among those three teams are the Ole Miss Rebels, a team many thought would be slotted outside the Top 4 in this week’s rankings.
The Rebels came in at No. 4 in the poll, which would set up an Egg Bowl rematch in the semifinal round against the committee’s No. 1 team, the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Auburn Tigers came in at No. 3, and they would square off with No. 2 Florida State, the defending BCS champion from a year ago.
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The Rebels still have games remaining against two SEC teams ranked in the Top 4 — Mississippi State and Auburn — and there is sure to be a lot at stake in those games. The Rebels and Tigers will meet this weekend in Oxford in a game many consider to be an elimination showdown between the two.
Ole Miss does not have a storied past when it comes to postseason play, making their No. 4 ranking in the CFP Poll somewhat unprecedented (beyond the obvious fact that there’s never been a CFP Poll before this week). The Rebels haven’t won a national title since 1962 or an SEC title since 1963, and since the SEC split into two divisions in the early 1990’s, Ole Miss has won just one West division title (in 2003).
The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will release updates rankings every Tuesday from now until the end of the regular season.