Missouri made a big leap in the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll Sunday, jumping to No. 14 after the Tigers’ upset of Georgia.
The Tigers debuted in the poll last week at No. 25 after opening Southeastern Conference play with a win at Vanderbilt. Saturday’s win at No. 7 Georgia was more impressive: it was the Tigers’ first road win over a top-10 team since 1978 and vaulted them to the top of the SEC East standings at 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
The Bulldogs, 4-2, dropped to No. 15 and are the highest-ranked two-loss team.
Missouri also cracked the USA Coaches’ Poll, debuting at No. 14 after being the first team outside the top 25 last week.
The Tigers also checked in 14th in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll. The Coaches’ Poll and Harris Poll make up two-thirds of the Bowl Championship Series formula along with various computer rankings.
The BCS poll debuts after next week’s game.
According to the AP, the SEC became the first conference with eight teams ranked in a regular-season AP Top 25. Aside from MU and Georgia, Alabama is No. 1, LSU is No. 6, Texas A&M is No. 7, South Carolina is No. 11, Florida is No. 22 and Auburn is No. 24.
Missouri plays Florida on Saturday in Columbia. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:21 a.m. and the game will be televised on the SEC Network, which airs on KSMO (Ch. 62) in the Kansas City area.