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Rebels fall in AP, Coaches polls after first setback of season

Last year the highest Ole Miss peaked in the polls was a tie with Mississippi State for No. 3.

For the moment that is as high as they will get this season after suffering a 38-10 to loss to then-ranked No. 25 Florida.

Heading into last week the Rebels (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) were No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 5 in the Amway Coaches poll.

Voters took note this week as Ole Miss fell out of the top 10 in new editions of each poll, which were released Sunday afternoon.

In the coaches poll the Rebels dropped eight spots from No. 5 to No. 13. They fell double digit spots in the AP poll going from No. 3 all the way to No. 14.

“We’ll get better,” Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly said after Saturday’s loss. “It’s only one game. It’s a long season and we’ll get better.”

The Gators benefited greatly after their  win over a top-3 opponent.

Florida leaped from No. 25 to No. 11 in the AP poll and leap from No. 23 to No. 12 in the coaches poll.

With Ole Miss’ drop it is the first time in five years and 80 polls that a team from the SEC is not ranked in the top-5 AP poll.

The Rebels step out of conference play for the next two weeks with 0-4 New Mexico State coming to town Saturday for homecoming then a trip to undefeated Memphis (5-0) on Oct. 17.

Ole Miss is still in control of their own destiny in the with games against games against undefeated LSU (4-0, 2-0) and Texas A&M (5-0, 2-0) ahead of them and hold the tie-breaker against Alabama.

“We’re still in the thick of things in the SEC West,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. “We gotta go play and get better.”