by Travis Normand
In the past, during the BCS era, I would make weekly observations of the BCS poll as it was released. I am going to try and do the same with the playoff poll.
Upon seeing the first playoff rankings, I was surprised to see Ole Miss (7-1) at number four. I have no problem with Ole Miss in the number four slot, but I thought their loss at LSU this past Saturday night would have put them further down the list. After all, LSU (7-2) comes in at 19 in this initial ranking.
If you are thinking that only the winner of the Ole Miss – Mississippi State game will get a playoff spot, think again!
Mississippi State (7-0) is ranked number one, and is scheduled to play Ole Miss on November 29. If these two schools meet with only one loss between them and still ranked in the top four of the playoff rankings, it will be interesting to see what happens if Ole Miss defeats Mississippi State. I mention this because if Ole Miss’ loss to LSU isn’t enough to knock them out of the top four, then logic would dictate that a Mississippi State loss to number four Ole Miss shouldn’t be enough to knock Mississippi State out of the top four either. (In this scenario, it would be Mississippi State’s first loss on the season, and losing to number four Ole Miss would be a better loss than losing to LSU).
While this is the first ranking of the season (and first ranking ever), there is a lot that could happen between now and Nov. 29. However, if this Mississippi scenario were to play out, it would be a good indicator for judging the playoff committee’s consistency in terms of ranking teams.