BYU Football appeared to be trending in the wrong direction after dropping their second game in a row against Baylor a few weeks back. Since then, the Cougars have beaten two Power Five schools, Washington State and Virginia, who both sit second in their divisions.
On the season, the Cougars have beaten five Power Five schools, with four of them likely playing in a bowl game later this season. The Cougars also have an impressive road win against Utah State. The one thing dragging them down is Boise State who is 4-4 (should be 5-3 – more of that later) proving that perhaps the Broncos should be BYU’s biggest rival after the Cougars did the same destructive damage to Boise State in 2019.
Ole Miss is the team that just finds ways to win. Whether it is relying on Matt Corral’s legs, suddenly playing defense, or needing to score a billion points, this team just keeps on winning. Unfortunately for the Rebels, they’ve still got three really tough opponents in Liberty, Texas A&M and of course the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State.
The Cowboys are an interesting case. Early in the season the Cowboys avoided a loss to Boise State because of a whistle blown on an otherwise scoop and score fumble late in the fourth quarter. The committee who is not supposed to take wins and losses into account much may or may not treat that game as a loss. If they do, the Cowboys could be be in high teens somewhere. If they ignore it as a win, OSU could be cracking the Top 10.
Outside of an absolute beatdown stretch from Arkansas and Mississippi State, the Aggies have looked like a true playoff contender including what may be the most impressive win of the season against Alabama.
Texas A&M has no shot at Playoff at this point, but a New Years Six Bowl is still very much possible with remaining games against ranked Auburn and Ole Miss.