If ESPN’s spring poll is an indication, Missouri remains the Rodney Dangerfield of major college football even after the Tigers’ SEC breakthrough last fall.
Missouri finished fifth in the final 2013 Associated Press and USA Today football polls, but even with that as a launching point it wasn’t good enough to land the Tigers a spot on ESPN’s spring football top 25.
Reigning BCS champion Florida State remained No. 1 in the new “way-too-early” ranking, which features four SEC teams in the 10 and seven in the overall top 25.
The Tigers aren’t among those seven teams despite going 12-2 in their second season in the SEC, including an SEC East division title and a victory in the Cotton Bowl.
Alabama is ranked second behind the Seminoles with Oklahoma, Auburn and Oregon rounding out the top five. Auburn beat Missouri in the SEC Championship Game and then lost to Florida State in the national title game.
Georgia (No. 8), South Carolina (10), LSU (13), Texas A (14) and Florida (19) also were ranked along with four Big 12 teams, including Kansas State at No. 23.
In addition to the Sooner and Wildcats, Baylor (No. 9) and Texas Tech (21)also cracked the poll
USA Today wasn’t nearly as harsh in its January assessment, pegging Missouri at No. 12.