Projected College Football Playoff rankings after Week 9: No. 16-15
16. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Honestly, putting the Cowboys at No. 16 might still be too generous to Mike Gundy’s team after what we saw on Saturday against Kansas State. Coming off of the loss to TCU and then an emotional win over Texas, it felt like Oklahoma State still had a dark-horse chance at the Playoff as they sat at No. 9 in the rankings. Instead, they traveled to Manhattan and got embarrassed rather than making a statement of their own.
The end result was a 48-0 beatdown in the Little Apple as they had no answer for anything Kansas State threw at them, even though the Wildcats were on their backup quarterback. It was an awful performance and, while I think their wins still can push them inside the Top 20, it would also not be a shock in the rankings to see them much lower than this.
15. Ole Miss Rebels
With the way that Ole Miss got rocked by LSU, there were questions about whether or not the Rebels’ undefeated start prior to last week was all smoke and mirrors or if they could get back on track. Saturday night offered them a big opportunity to tell which one it was either way as they traveled to Kyle Field and Lane Kiffin helped his team make a big statement.
It may only go down as a three-point win when you look at the final score, but after being down 14-10 at halftime, Ole Miss dominated the second half as they largely held the Texas A&M offense that came out hot in check and then rode their rushing attack to a victory. They have big tests looming large ahead but they look much more prepared for that after this game than they did coming off the loss to LSU.