SEC Power Rankings: Alabama Pulls Away (For Now) After Big Win Over the Aggies

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Sep 14, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Mississippi Rebels running back

Jeff Scott

(3) carries the ball against the Texas Longhorns during the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Ole Miss beat Texas 44-23. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

6. Ole Miss Rebels

Record: 3-0 (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 6 (Trend: –)

Last Week: Ole Miss 44, Texas 23

This Week: Bye

Next Week: at Alabama

With an extra week to prepare and riding high from a big 3-0 start, can Ole Miss knock off Alabama?

These next four games are huge because the back-end of Ole Miss’ schedule looks very favorable. The Bulldogs have home games against Idaho, Arkansas, Troy, and Missouri, and then end the season at Mississippi State. Ole Miss should be able to go 4-1 in those games at worst (Missouri being the biggest test).

But let’s say they go 5-0 in that stretch, what happens in the next month at Alabama, at Auburn, vs Texas A&M, and vs. LSU could potentially build Ole Miss a dream season. It would seem right now Ole Miss won’t be any worse than an eight win team, but 10 wins isn’t out of the question if they beat Missouri (Ole Miss should be favored) and knock off one of Alabama, Texas A&M, and LSU. And since the latter two are at home, winning both game are not out of the question either.

Hugh Freeze has a chance to make a huge impression in the SEC and nationally in the next month.