After the past couple of weeks, maybe that question should be: Can the state of Mississippi get two teams into the playoff?
The Bulldogs and Rebels have been that good. MSU jumped over Florida State and into the No. 1 spot in both polls, while Ole Miss remained in the No. 3 spot in the rankings.
These are heady times in the Magnolia State. But the Egg Bowl looms large and is late enough in the season that it's certain to bloody the loser's résumé.
With all of the parity in college football, all of the chaos and the fact that the SEC West still has a lot more self-destruction to come, let's not put two SEC teams into the playoff just yet.
Here is our full list of conference bowl teams entering the eighth week of the season:
College Football Playoff semifinal (Rose Bowl): Mississippi State
Capital One Orange Bowl: Ole Miss
Cotton Bowl: Auburn
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Georgia
Citrus Bowl: Alabama
TaxSlayer Bowl: Texas A&M
Outback Bowl: Missouri
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: LSU
Belk Bowl: Arkansas
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Kentucky
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: South Carolina
Birmingham Bowl: Florida
Edward Aschoff, Jeff Barlis, David Ching, Sam Khan Jr., Chris Low, Greg Ostendorf and Alex Scarborough contributed to these rankings.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Bo Wallace ran for two scores and threw a touchdown pass and Mississippi's defense added two scores to help the third-ranked Rebels remain undefeated with a 35-20 victory over No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday night.
Wallace gave Mississippi (6-0, 3-0 SEC) an early lead with touchdown runs on consecutive possession in the first quarter. Cody Prewitt returned an interception 75 yards for a score in the second quarter to make it 21-0.
A&M (5-2, 2-2) cut it to 14 in the third quarter, but Wallace answered with 33-yard touchdown pass and Mississippi padded the lead with a fumble return for a TD early in the fourth quarter.
Kenny Hill threw for 401 yards and two touchdowns, but also had two interceptions and a fumble for the Aggies, who lost for the second straight week after opening the season 5-0.
There was no letdown from the Magnolia State this week. Mississippi State got a big win Saturday afternoon, and Ole Miss followed suit with a dominant performance over Texas A&M in the nightcap. The Rebels scored first and never looked back in their 35-20 win.
How the game was won: The Ole Miss defense set the tone early, forcing a three-and-out on Texas A&M’s opening drive, and it never let up. The Rebels scored two defensive touchdowns, forced three turnovers and held college football’s most efficient offense in check for most of the night. At halftime it was 21-0, marking the first time a Kevin Sumlin-coached team has ever been shut out in the first half.
Game ball goes to: As good as Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace played in the second half against Alabama, there were still doubts heading into this game. When’s he going to throw that critical interception? Well, he didn’t. For the second straight game, he didn’t turn the ball over once. The senior threw for 178 yards, rushed for 50 yards and scored three touchdowns.
What it means: Mississippi State might be the best team in the country after Saturday’s win over Auburn, but Ole Miss isn’t far behind. The Rebels have the best defense in the SEC, if not the nation, and when Wallace is playing well they’re hard to stop. On the other side, we might have jumped the gun a bit on Texas A&M after the season opener. Kenny Hill might be a Heisman Trophy contender down the road, but not this year.
Playoff implication: After Saturday, the winner of the Egg Bowl looks like a shoo-in for the playoff. Heck, even the loser might get in. There’s still plenty of football left to be played, but the Rebels certainly helped themselves in the eyes of the committee. Texas A&M isn’t done, but the Aggies would have to win out and still get some help.
Best play: It’s fitting that the best play of the night came from the Ole Miss defense. With the game still in doubt and Texas A&M driving, Rebels safety Cody Prewitt intercepted a pass and took it 75 yards to the house. If the Aggies score, it’s a one-possession game. Instead, the lead went to 21 points, and there was no coming back from that.
What's next: Ole Miss heads back home to face a young and hungry Tennessee team, while Texas A&M has another difficult test on the road at Alabama next Saturday. The Aggies and the Tide will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Kyle Field is home to the SEC's attendance record. The site of No. 3 Ole Miss vs. No. 14 Texas A&M drew 110,633 on Saturday night and marked an SEC single-game record. It also was the most people to ever attend a football game -- college or pro -- in the state of Texas.
The previous SEC attendance record was set at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium in 2004, when the Volunteers hosted Florida. That game, a 30-28 Tennessee win, drew 109,061.
The record came in the Aggies' third game in their partially redeveloped home. Kyle Field is currently undergoing a $450 million renovation scheduled to be complete prior to the 2015 season. The first phase of the project was completed just before the Aggies' home opener Sept. 6 against Lamar, and the second phase will begin after this season.
Once the redevelopment is completed, Kyle Field will seat 102,512. The stadium currently lists a capacity of 106,511.
The Aggies' attendance victory didn't translate to one on the field, and Texas A&M lost 35-20.
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