OXFORD — For the first time since 2016, the Ole Miss football team is ranked in the preseason AP Top 25 poll.
In the poll released Monday, the The Rebels were voted as the No. 21 team in the country by the nation's media. Ole Miss was previously voted No. 24 in the preseason USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.
Ole Miss is coming off a 10-3 season that ended with a Sugar Bowl loss against Baylor. The Rebels have plenty of talent to replace, including quarterback Matt Corral, running backs Jerrion Ealy and Snoop Conner, defensive end Sam Williams and linebackers Chance Campbell and Mark Robinson. In their places, Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin signed the nation's No. 2 ranked transfer portal class, headlined by quarterback Jaxson Dart, running back Zach Evans, tight end Michael Trigg and defensive tackle JJ Pegues.
The Rebels' season begins on Sept. 3 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with a game against Troy (3 p.m., SEC Network). Ole Miss has not won 10 games in back-to-back seasons since 1959 and 1960.
Mississippi State also received votes in the AP Top 25. The Bulldogs are not ranked but received the 10th-most votes among unranked teams with 15. The Bulldogs also begin their season on Sept. 3 versus Memphis (6:30 p.m., ESPNU).
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