Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Rebel Football Ranked 24th Best Program of All Time

ESPN is currently ranking the top 119 programs of all time. The Rebs were ranked in the top 25 programs of all time coming in at number 24.

24. Ole Miss Rebels
Total points: 477

Positives: The Rebels have 20 bowl wins (12th-most since 1936). The glory days in Oxford were a half-century ago, as the program was ranked fifth-best in the nation in the '50s and '60s. The Rebels enjoyed four straight top-5 finishes at one point (1959-62).

Negatives: Ole Miss hasn't had a major bowl appearance since the 1969 season. The NCAA also put it on probation three separate times, costing it 21 points in our tabulations. Plus, Rebels fans should just block out the '80s, when they accrued minus-5 points (77th in the nation).

Through the decades: Through 1958: 23rd 1968: 10th 1978: 13th 1988: 16th 1998: 24th

Did you know? Only 11 programs have won more bowl games in the BCS era than Ole Miss (5).