Keeping Score

PROJECTIONS: Ole Miss, MSU both have good shot at playoff bid

The weekly bowl projections are out, and Mississippi State and Ole Miss unsurprisingly factor heavily into the outlook for playoffs and major bowls.

Only Mark Schlabach of ESPN and The Sporting News see both Ole Miss and Mississippi State making into the new four-team College Football Playoff.

A look at all the projections shows that most of the experts think that No. 3 Ole Miss and No. 1 Mississippi State have about the about the same odds of making into the playoffs.

The two playoff games are the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl to be played on New Years Day. The national title game is played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 12.

Here are where Ole Miss and MSU stand in the major bowl projections:


Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Michigan State 

Rose Bowl: No. 2 Florida State vs. No. 3 Alabama

Orange Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Clemson


Brett McMurphy

Sugar Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Notre Dame

Rose Bowl: Florida State vs. Oregon

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Ole Miss

Mark Schlabach

Sugar Bowl: Florida State vs. Ole Miss

Rose Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Oregon


Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Alabama

Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State

Cotton Bowl: TCU vs. Mississippi State


Peach Bowl: Marshall vs. Ole Miss

Sugar Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Mississippi State

Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State


Rose Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Michigan State

Sugar: Florida State vs. Oregon

Fiesta Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Ohio State