BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It was a special Saturday for Ole Miss and Mississippi State with upset wins over Alabama and Texas A&M.
After five games, the Rebels and Bulldogs are undefeated and are tied at Number 3 in the latest Associated Press college football poll.
After five games, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have played themselves into the national playoff picture, the first-time ever that the national championship will be decided by hosting a four-team playoff system.
The Rebels upended Alabama 23-17 in Oxford. The Tide were unable to roll into the end zone in the final minute thanks to an interception by Pascagoula's Senquez Golson, who leaped in the air and came down with the football.
Coach Hugh Freeze has built a championship caliber team, using a wide-open offensive attack and a bone crushing defense.
Coach Dan Mullen has built a championship caliber team in Starkville, using a Heisman Trophy contending quarterback in Dak Prescott and a balanced defensive assaulting team. Linebacker Richie Brown of Long Beach came up with three interceptions to help the Bulldogs defeat Texas A&M 48 to 31 in Starkville.
The Bulldogs and Rebels are no longer considered easy picking for the opposition. They are no longer the hunted. The Rebels and Bulldogs have become the hunter in search of a National Championship.
The quest to win-it-all continues Saturday afternoon. The national game of the week sends number 2 ranked Auburn at number 3 Mississippi State at 2:30.
The winner remains a prime-time contender for the SEC West Division title and a prime player for the national playoffs.
Number 3 Ole Miss travels to College Station, a date with 14th ranked Texas A&M Saturday night at 8.
The Aggies dropped 8 spots in the AP Poll after getting manhandled by Mississippi State.