SEC Power Rankings: LSU, Alabama Fortify Themselves At The Top, Ole Miss Makes a Move

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Sep 7, 2013; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi Rebels wide receiver

Donte Moncrief

(12) catches the ball and carries it in for a touchdown during the first half against the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

6. Mississippi Rebels

Record: 2-0 (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 7 (Trend: Up)

Last Week: Ole Miss 31, SE Missouri State 13

This Week: at Texas

Next Week: Bye

Mississippi has a really good chance to roll into Austin and steal a victory over a team that is all out of sorts. Texas allowed 550 yards of offense on the ground against BYU last weekend. There is no reason why the Rebels cannot have the same success on the ground this week, though 550 yards may be asking a little too much.

Leave Texas with a win and Ole Miss is looking at a 3-0 start and a bye week heading into the Alabama game. Starting the season it wasn’t out of the question Ole Miss would be 1-3 by the end of September, but now the have a real shot of at least a 3-1 record. Given the bye week and whatever may happen to Alabama between now and then, the Rebels could find themselves in a really good position at the one-third mark of the season.

This isn’t to say Ole Miss will beat Alabama, of course, but we didn’t exactly see Ole Miss starting 3-0 either. But a 10-2 season isn’t out of the question as two of their three toughest SEC games – Texas A&M and LSU – are at home. Steal one of those and win the Texas game, and maybe Ole Miss is looking at a Cotton Bowl in January.