Buoyed by a series of upsets Saturday, Missouri jumped up to fifth Sunday in the latest Bowl Championship Series rankings.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
The Tigers, 10-1 and 6-1 in the Southeastern Conference, clinched at least a share of the SEC East division title by beating the Rebels 24-10, but still must beat Texas A&M on Saturday at Memorial Stadium to secure a spot in the conference title game.
Meanwhile, Missouri remains on the fringe of the national championship picture after overtaking Baylor, which dropped to ninth after its first loss of the season at Oklahoma State, and Oregon, which got drummed by Arizona and plummeted to 13th.
The Tigers, who also moved up three spots to fifth in The Associated Press Top 25, also moved ahead of Clemson in the BCS. Clemson was sixth, followed by Oklahoma State, Stanford, Baylor and South Carolina.
Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State were the top three teams in the AP poll and the BCS, followed by Auburn, which plays host to the Crimson Tide on Saturday in the de facto SEC West championship game.
In the USA Today Coaches Poll, the top three teams Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State were the same, but Clemson moved up to fourth, Auburn was fifth and Missouri was sixth.
That also was the case in the Harris Poll. Those two polls each make up one-third of the BCS formula along with a series of six computer rankings.
Missouri is ranked as high as No. 4 in the Anderson & Hester computer poll and as low as 10th in Richard Billingsleys ranking.
The Tigers next opponent, Texas A&M, dropped from 12th to 21st in the BCS after getting drilled 34-10 by LSU.
|2. Florida State||2||.9592||2||.9600||1||.990||.9697||2|
|3. Ohio State||3||.9188||3||.9213||3||.920||.9200||3|
|7. Oklahoma State||7||.7742||7||.7903||8||.720||.7615||10|
|10. South Carolina||10||.6231||9||.6471||12||.560||.6101||11|
|11. Michigan State||11||.6135||11||.6206||14||.500||.5780||13|
|12. Arizona State||16||.3754||18||.3703||6||.770||.5052||17|
|14. Northern Illinois||17||.3600||20||.2961||7||.730||.4620||16|
|16. Fresno St.||13||.4638||13||.4432||17||.330||.4124||15|
|19. Central Florida||20||.3288||19||.3303||16||.350||.3364||18|
|21. Texas A&M||21||.2685||21||.2645||23||.140||.2243||12|
|23. Southern California||23||.1481||23||.1355||21||.250||.1779||23|
|25. Notre Dame||25||.0212||26||.0110||22||.170||.0674||NR|
The AP Top 25
|Team (first-place vote)||Record||Pts.||Pvs.|
|1. Alabama (56)||11-0||1,496||1|
|2. Florida State (4)||11-0||1,444||2|
|3. Ohio State||11-0||1,375||4|
|7. Oklahoma State||10-1||1,177||11|
|10. South Carolina||9-2||960||12|
|11. Michigan State||10-1||929||13|
|13. Arizona State||9-2||690||19|
|16. Fresno State||10-0||619||15|
|17. Central Florida||9-1||588||17|
|18. Northern Illinois||11-0||470||20|
|19. Texas A&M||8-3||429||9|
|23. Southern California||9-3||262||23|
|25. Notre Dame||8-3||68||NR|
Others receiving votes: Georgia 15, Cincinnati 10, Texas 10, Mississippi 7, Arizona 6, Nebraska 6, Minnesota 5, East Carolina 1, North Dakota State 1, Vanderbilt 1.
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