University of Missouri

Missouri cracks top five in final football rankings

Updated: 2014-01-08T00:30:36Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

Missouri moved up four spots and finished fifth in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches’ polls, which were released early Tuesday morning.

It is the program’s highest final ranking since 2007 when the Tigers finished fourth in the AP and fifth in the coaches’ poll.

It is also the third season Missouri has finished in the top five in its history. The Tigers now have finished in the top 10 eight times.

Missouri, 12-2, matched a program record for victories by knocking off Oklahoma State 41-31 last Friday in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Cowboys, 10-3, dropped to 17th in the final AP ranking.

Florida State, 14-0, topped both polls after outlasting Auburn, 12-2, on Monday in the final BCS championship.

Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion Michigan State, 13-1, moved up one spot to third followed by South Carolina, 11-2, which finished its season with a win against Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl.

Auburn and South Carolina were the only teams to beat Missouri during the 2013 season.

Missouri and the Gamecocks were among seven SEC teams — along with Auburn (second), Alabama (seventh), LSU (14th), Texas A&M (18th) and Vanderbilt (24th) — ranked in the final AP poll.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma jumped to sixth in both polls, while Big 12 champion Baylor dropped to 13th after losing the Fiesta Bowl against Central Florida, who finished 10th in the AP poll and 12th in the coaches’ poll.

Final AP Top 25

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press final college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

Team (first-place votes) Record Pts Pvs
1. Florida State (60)14-01,5001
2. Auburn12-21,4282
3. Michigan State13-11,3854
4. South Carolina11-21,2478
5. Missouri12-21,2369
6. Oklahoma11-21,20511
7. Alabama11-21,1143
8. Clemson11-21,07812
9. Oregon11-297410
10. Central Florida12-195915
11. Stanford11-39365
12. Ohio State12-28167
13. Baylor11-27786
14. LSU10-371714
15. Louisville12-169318
16. UCLA10-363217
17. Oklahoma State10-359813
18. Texas A&M9-445920
19. Southern California10-4299NR
20. Notre Dame9-425625
21. Arizona State10-425516
22. Wisconsin9-424519
23. Duke10-419022
24. Vanderbilt9-4117NR
25. Washington9-4109NR

Others receiving votes: Nebraska 107, Fresno St. 57, Northern Illinois 22, North Dakota St. 17, Texas Tech 14, Georgia 13, Iowa 13, Mississippi 10, Kansas State 8, Arizona 5, Navy 3, East Carolina 2, Utah State 2, Mississippi State 1.

Final USA Today Top 25

The USA Today Top 25 football coaches final poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, and previous ranking:

Team (first-place votes) Record Pts Pvs
1. Florida State (59)14-01,4751
2. Auburn12-21,3882
3. Michigan State13-11,3754
4. South Carolina11-21,2198
5. Missouri12-21,2009
6. Oklahoma11-21,18910
7. Clemson11-21,09111
8. Alabama11-21,0863
9. Oregon11-297512
10. Stanford11-38727
10. Ohio State12-28726
12. Central Florida12-186515
13. Baylor11-27965
14. LSU10-371914
15. Louisville12-170316
16. UCLA10-359718
17. Oklahoma State10-358713
18. Texas A&M9-444321
19. Southern California10-4313NR
20. Arizona State10-430217
21. Wisconsin9-426619
22. Duke10-420221
23. Vanderbilt9-4180NR
24. Notre Dame9-4125NR
25. Nebraska9-4123NR

Others receiving votes: Washington 67, Fresno State 54, Northern Illinois 21, Marshall 17, Texas Tech 13, Kansas State 11, Mississippi 7, Texas 4, Miami (Fla.) 4, East Carolina 3, Cincinnati 3, Arizona 2, North Texas 2, Utah State 2, Navy 1, Louisiana-Lafayette 1.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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