Missouri drops to ninth in BCS rankings

11/10/2013 4:05 PM

11/10/2013 10:49 PM

Missouri dropped one spot to ninth in the latest BCS rankings despite beating Kentucky by 31 points.

Auburn vaulted from ninth to seventh ahead of the Tigers, 9-1 and 5-1 in the Southeastern Conference, after its win against Tennessee.

Missouri’s drop coincided with a slip in the computer rankings, which rely heavily on strength of schedule.

Last week, the Tigers were fifth or sixth in four of the six computer polls that make up one-third of the BCS formula, but none of the computers rated Missouri higher than seventh after the win against the Wildcats.

The net result was that the Tigers’ composite computer ranking dipped from fifth to eighth.

Missouri moved up one spot to eighth in the USA Today Coaches Poll, which make up one-third of the BCS formula.

The Tigers had been ranked behind Oklahoma, but the Sooners plummeted nine spots to 17th with a lopsided loss against Baylor.

Missouri picked up 16 points in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, but remained locked in at No. 9 for the second straight week.

The Tigers already were ranked ahead of Oklahoma in the AP poll, which isn’t part of the BCS formula.

Five of the top 11 teams in the AP poll — including Alabama (1), Auburn (7), Texas A&M (10) and South Carolina (11) — are from the SEC. LSU checks in 18th after its loss to the Crimson Tide, while Georgia moved back into the ranking at No. 25.

Missouri also remained eighth in the Harris Poll, which also makes up one-third of the BCS rankings. The composite of six computer rankings makes up the final third.

Alabama remained first in the BCS rankings followed by Florida State, while Oregon dropped from third to sixth after its loss to Stanford.

The Cardinal rose to fourth just behind undefeated Ohio State and one spot ahead of undefeated Baylor.

Clemson also dropped one spot to eighth behind Auburn, while South Carolina rounds out the BCS top 10.

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