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Ole Miss remains at No.9; Mississippi State surges to No.16 in latest AP poll

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Both Ole Miss (6-0) and Mississippi State (5-1) added another conference win to this season’s record book, holding the Rebels at No.9 and moving the Bulldogs up seven spots to No.16 in this week’s Associated Press poll.

Although Ole Miss got off to a slow start on the road against Vanderbilt, trailing 20-17 at halftime, the Rebels’ offense came to life in the second half, outscoring the Commodores 35-8. An impressive performance from quarterback Jackson Dart (448 yards, three touchdowns), as well as a single-game record-breaking one from wide receiver Jonathan Mingo (247 yards, two touchdowns), propelled the Rebels to a 52-28 victory, holding the No.9 ranking.

Mississippi State smelled blood in the water with Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson’s absence on the field and dominated the early-morning home game. The Bulldogs’ 40-17 win over the Razorbacks came as a result of a clean performance from quarterback Will Rogers (395 yards, three touchdowns), an unexpected 100 yard ground attack from running back Dylan Johnson, and two forced turnovers in the fourth quarter from the defense. Back-to-back SEC blowout victories earned Mississippi respect in the poll, moving the Bulldogs to No.16.

The full list of rankings can be found below:

  1. Georgia
  2. Ohio State
  3. Alabama
  4. Clemson
  5. Michigan
  6. Tennessee
  7. USC
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Ole Miss
  10. Penn State
  11. UCLA
  12. Oregon
  13. TCU
  14. Wake Forest
  15. North Carolina State
  16. Mississippi State
  17. Kansas State
  18. Syracuse
  19. Kansas
  20. Utah
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Kentucky
  23. Texas
  24. Illinois
  25. James Madison

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