NCAAF: Mississippi State and Ole Miss Climb Rankings
The Magnolia State is rising. Just 8 weeks into the NCAAF season, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have climbed to the top of the Top 25 power rankings poll. Even more noteworthy, Mississippi State is the new #1 team in the country dethroning Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles. At the season’s midway point, Ole Miss and Mississippi look poised to dominate well into the autumn.
Two years ago I looked down on Ole Miss, especially whenever they would lose to football powerhouse Alabama in the most embarrassing of ways. Ole Miss then, was just another bump in the road for serious contenders in the SEC on their way to the conference championship game. Well, my perception of Ole Miss has officially changed when they beat Alabama two weeks ago and made the highest paid coach Nick Saban in college football look like an amateur in a 27-17 win. Since that showing, I have been following their stats religiously. Ranked at #3, expect Ole Miss to give their upcoming opponents the Tennessee Volunteers a tough time. Starting out as #18 back in week 1, Ole Miss has journeyed to some of the greatest campuses in the United States for sport and remain undefeated at 6-0 and 3-0 in-conference.
Talking about gridiron, the Mississippi State Bulldogs also have a perfect record of 6-0. In the past few months Mississippi State has done away with LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn. Previously unranked, Mississippi State has jumped into the national discussion of college football, having beaten 3 former Top 10 teams. Unfortunately this is something that Ole Miss cannot claim. Between the two, the argument has been made that Mississippi State is better despite a square-off still waiting to happen. With a bye week coming, Mississippi State will get some much needed rest. Their next game is at Kentucky, who is standing firm on its two feet at 5-1.
Regardless of how the rest of the season goes down these two programs will meet on Saturday, November 29th during the usual lights-out atmosphere of rivalry week. Played in Oxford, MS the “Egg Bowl” should be quite interesting and heated this year with state bragging rights up for grabs. Mississippi football is at an all-time high right now and it’s exciting to watch as a fan of college football. As for the standing of these two programs before the season and the present, from counted out to the attention of the room, it’s a classic story of “they don’t even know”.
Christian Westermann | News Cult