Despite Ole Miss' loss to LSU, Rebels still projected to make playoff

Bo Wallace and Ole Miss lose at LSU 10-7. (USATSI)
Bo Wallace and Ole Miss lose at LSU 10-7. (USATSI)

Thanks in no small part to several brain freezes by the Ole Miss coaching staff, the Rebels suffered their first loss Saturday at LSU.

But like every other one-loss team, Ole Miss isn't done as a playoff team. In fact, I still project the Rebels as one of the four teams in the college football playoff.

Ole Miss still has home games with their two toughest opponents, Auburn and Mississippi State. The Rebels still have to travel to Arkansas, a game they have to take seriously, but if they win out, they will be the SEC West champion.

Meanwhile, despite Mississippi State being currently undefeated and the No. 1 team in the nation, I project they will miss the playoff, losing at Alabama (Nov. 15) and at Ole Miss (Nov. 29).

It's going to take one more loss to knock the Rebels from the role of SEC favorite and a projected playoff team.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Jerry Palm started writing about sports on the Internet right after Al Gore invented it. He was the first to bring RPI out in the open and is one of the pioneers of predicting the March Madness bracket.... Full Bio

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