Stanford’s loss was idle Missouri’s gain.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
The Tigers, 9-1 and coming off a bye, moved back up to eighth in the last Associated Press top 25 after the Cardinal dropped from fifth to 10th with a loss against Southern California, which had been unranked but moved into the poll at No. 23.
Oregon, Auburn, Clemson, which are ranked fifth through seventh respectively, and No. 9 Texas A&M also moved up a spot with Stanford’s loss, while Baylor jumped ahead of Ohio State for third place behind Alabama and Florida State.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State leapfrogged South Carolina as the teams flip-flopped spots 11th and 12th.
Among other SEC and Big 12 teams, LSU checks in 18th, Oklahoma is 22nd and Mississippi, which hosts Missouri at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, returned to the poll at No. 24.
Of course, the AP poll is part of the BCS formula, but Missouri also moved up to No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, which does make up one-third of the ranking that determines the national championship game participants.
Baylor remained fourth behind Ohio State in the Coaches Poll, while Clemson is sixth followed by Auburn, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M in the top 10.