It didn’t take Ole Miss long to catch the eye of AP poll voters.

In spite of high expectations for Lane Kiffin’s second season the Rebels were unranked in the preseason release of The AP Top 25.

They broke in at No. 20 Tuesday following a 43-24 win over Louisville Monday night in Atlanta.

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Among the fallers while the Rebels broke in was Indiana. The Rebels defeated the Hoosiers in last season’s Outback Bowl. Indiana was ranked No. 17 in the preseason but lost big to fellow Big 10 member Iowa in their season opener.

Ole Miss is ranked in The AP Top 25 for the first time since early 2016.

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The Rebels are also No. 20 in the USA Today AFCA coaches poll. They were No. 25 in the preseason coaches’ poll.

PARRISH ALFORD is the college sports editor and columnist for the Daily Journal. Contact him at

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