The Bulldogs, already ranked #1 in both national polls, saw their name come up first again when the College Football Playoff selection committee released their first-ever standings edition. The 12-member committee gave the SEC’s lone undefeated team the nod for the top spot.
Florida State, the only other unbeaten team from a ‘power five’ conference, is second; while Auburn, who the Bulldogs defeated 38-23 at Scott Field, is third and Ole Miss fourth. Standings will be released each Tuesday through the final and decisive listing on December 7 to set the four-team playoff.
Other SEC teams making the 25-team lineup were Alabama 6th, Georgia 11th, and LSU 19th.
If Mississippi State can hang on to the top spot through the regular season and, presumably, SEC Championship Game, the reward would be assignment to play in the geographically nearer of the two ‘semifinal’ bowls. Which is the Sugar Bowl, an event no Bulldog team has ever participated in. The other semifinal is the Rose Bowl, with both games played on New Years Day.
And for anyone speculating the Bulldogs and Rebels would square-off in New Orleans…forget it. The teams play in Oxford to end the regular season and a rematch is all but impossible.
The semifinals winners advance to the January 12 championship game to be hosted in AT&T Stadium.