Missouri cracks top five in final football rankings

01/07/2014 3:25 AM

01/07/2014 6:30 PM

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 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 (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) 14-0 1,500 1
2. Auburn 12-2 1,428 2
3. Michigan State 13-1 1,385 4
4. South Carolina 11-2 1,247 8
5. Missouri 12-2 1,236 9
6. Oklahoma 11-2 1,205 11
7. Alabama 11-2 1,114 3
8. Clemson 11-2 1,078 12
9. Oregon 11-2 974 10
10. Central Florida 12-1 959 15
11. Stanford 11-3 936 5
12. Ohio State 12-2 816 7
13. Baylor 11-2 778 6
14. LSU 10-3 717 14
15. Louisville 12-1 693 18
16. UCLA 10-3 632 17
17. Oklahoma State 10-3 598 13
18. Texas A 9-4 459 20
19. Southern California 10-4 299 NR
20. Notre Dame 9-4 256 25
21. Arizona State 10-4 255 16
22. Wisconsin 9-4 245 19
23. Duke 10-4 190 22
24. Vanderbilt 9-4 117 NR
25. Washington 9-4 109 NR

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) 14-0 1,475 1
2. Auburn 12-2 1,388 2
3. Michigan State 13-1 1,375 4
4. South Carolina 11-2 1,219 8
5. Missouri 12-2 1,200 9
6. Oklahoma 11-2 1,189 10
7. Clemson 11-2 1,091 11
8. Alabama 11-2 1,086 3
9. Oregon 11-2 975 12
10. Stanford 11-3 872 7
10. Ohio State 12-2 872 6
12. Central Florida 12-1 865 15
13. Baylor 11-2 796 5
14. LSU 10-3 719 14
15. Louisville 12-1 703 16
16. UCLA 10-3 597 18
17. Oklahoma State 10-3 587 13
18. Texas A 9-4 443 21
19. Southern California 10-4 313 NR
20. Arizona State 10-4 302 17
21. Wisconsin 9-4 266 19
22. Duke 10-4 202 21
23. Vanderbilt 9-4 180 NR
24. Notre Dame 9-4 125 NR
25. Nebraska 9-4 123 NR

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.

Videos

Join the Discussion

The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service