Mississippi State is one of three SEC West teams represented in the projected College Football Playoffs.
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The new College Football Playoffs are just under two months away and the 12-person selection committee believes that the SEC West will have a strong presence in December.
Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss received the #1-#4 respective rankings in the first ever College Football Playoff poll. By the new rules, if the polls continue in that manner, Mississippi State would play Ole Miss and Florida State would play Auburn to determine which two teams square off in the national championship game.
”It was extremely difficult, more difficult than any of us had expected having gone through our mock selections before,” Arkansas athletic director and committee chairman Jeff Long said. ”There are 18 one-loss teams in FBS at this point in time, and the difference between many of them is very slim.”
Oregon was fifth and Alabama was sixth, giving the Southeastern Conference’s West Division four of the top six teams. There are still four games remaining matching those SEC West rivals, starting with Saturday’s matchup of Auburn and Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi.