Ole Miss football's high preseason expectations were validated Monday as the Rebels were ranked No. 24 in the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.
Mississippi State was not ranked but received 19 voting points.
The Rebels enter the season with a revamped roster after winning 10 games last season and losing in the Sugar Bowl. Coach Lane Kiffin is 15-8 in his two seasons at the helm.
Ole Miss opens its season at 3 p.m. Sept. 3 against Troy.
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Mississippi State returns 16 starters from last season. The Bulldogs only saw two players taken in the draft along with losing Makai Polk, who was undrafted after breaking MSU's single-season receptions record.
MSU's 19 voting points ranked 11th among teams receiving votes. The Bulldogs open their season at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 against Memphis.
This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Ole Miss football ranked in preseason coaches poll; MSU receives votes