8. Mississippi State: Here’s Mississippi State’s chance to shoot up these rankings with Auburn coming to town on Thursday night. Dan Mullen has this program on the move in a lot of different areas. What the Bulldogs need to do now is prove they can win a big game at home. They were very impressive in their season-opening 49-7 blistering of Memphis. And for all the talk about redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Russell tying a school-record with four touchdown passes, Manny Diaz’s defense looks pretty nasty, too.
12. Ole Miss: There’s a bylaw somewhere that says if you lose to an FCS school and do so by blowing a 21-point lead, you’re automatically rendered to spending at least three weeks at the bottom of the SEC power rankings. Ole Miss’ 49-48 loss to Jacksonville State was the first time an SEC team had lost to an FCS (Division I-AA) school since Mississippi State was beaten by Maine in 2004.