Texas A&M was already having bad day, as the Aggies learned they would be without quarterback Trevor Knight for the rest of the regular season.
Then the College Football Playoff rankings came out.
The Aggies, who were ranked No. 4 in the initial rankings fell all the way to No. 8. Texas A&M was one of two top-10 teams to lose. Nebraska, previously ranked No. 10, fell to Ohio State.
Texas A&M also fell in both the Coaches and AP Poll. The Aggies rank No. 10 in the AP Poll and No. 11 in the Coaches Poll.
The reason for the drop in the polls was due to a loss to an unranked Mississippi State team. Led by quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, the Bulldogs sprung an upset in Starkville, Miss., as they beat the Aggies 35-28. It was Texas A&M’s second loss this season, with the other coming to Alabama. The Crimson Tide held onto to their spot at the top of the rankings.
Texas A&M is one of five SEC teams in the rankings. Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and LSU joined the Aggies in the rankings. Like the Aggies, LSU also lost last week. Florida was ranked last week but fell all the way out of the rankings.
The rest of the top four is Clemson at No. 2, Michigan at No. 3 and Washington at No. 4. Ohio State is at No. 5 with Louisville at No. 6.
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Without Knight, the Aggies return to College Station this weekend to take on Ole Miss. The Rebels will also be without their starting quarterback, as Chad Kelly suffered a knee injury and will miss the rest of the season. Texas A&M lost to Ole Miss last season in Oxford, 23-3.
Kevin Sumlin named Jake Hubenak the starting quarterback for the Aggies. Hubenak started the bowl game for Texas A&M last year and completed 11 of 17 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns against Mississippi State.
Ole Miss has yet to name a starter, though reports indicate that five-star freshman quarterback Shea Patterson could make his first career start. Patterson was the No. 1 ranked high school quarterback in the country for the class of 2016 but hasn’t appeared in a game this year.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.