University of Missouri

Missouri falls to No. 9 in BCS rankings, 10 in AP poll

No longer undefeated, Missouri is still ranked in the top 10.

Despite a double-overtime loss Saturday against South Carolina at home, the Tigers only dropped four spots to No. 9 in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

Missouri, 7-1 and 3-1 in the SEC, slipped to No. 10 in both The Associated Press top 25, a drop of five spots, and the USA Today Coaches Poll, a three-spot plunge.

It is the first time since midway through the 2008 season the Tigers have been ranked in the top 10 in back-to-back weeks.

The coaches poll makes up one-third of the BCS rankings.

Missouri was ranked ninth in the Harris Poll, which makes up another third and averaged eighth place in the six computer rankings that combined to form the final third.

Among the computers, the Tigers peaked at fifth in the Kenneth Massey’s rating and were as low as 10th in Jeff Sagarin’s rating.

With a win against UCLA, Oregon leapfrogged Florida State for second in the BCS standings behind Alabama with Ohio State holding steady in a distant fourth place. All four teams are undefeated.

Stanford is the highest-ranked one-loss team at fifth, which is ahead of unbeaten Baylor and Miami (Fla.).

Missouri is sandwiched by two other one-loss team, Clemson in eighth and Oklahoma in 10th.

Three of the next four teams — Auburn (11th), Texas A&M (12th) and South Carolina (14th) — are from the Southeastern Conference.

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