Defending SEC East champ Mizzou ranked 24th in preseason AP poll

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Coming in at No. 24, defending SEC Eastern Division champion Missouri is one of eight league teams ranked in this year’s Associated Press preseason Top 25.

The other four FBS teams that won 12 or more games last season are all ranked in the top 8 — Florida St., Ohio St., Auburn and Michigan St.

ASSOCIATED PRESS PRESEASON TOP 25 POLL

1 FLORIDA STATE 14-0 57 NR
2 ALABAMA 11-2 1 NR
3 OKLAHOMA 11-2 1 NR
4 OREGON 11-2 1 NR
5 OHIO STATE
12-2 0 NR
6 AUBURN 12-2 0 NR
7 UCLA 10-3 0 NR
8 MICHIGAN STATE 13-1 0 NR
9 SOUTH CAROLINA 11-2 0 NR
10 BAYLOR 11-2 0 NR
11 STANFORD 11-3 0 NR
12 GEORGIA 8-5 0 NR
13 LSU 10-3 0 NR
14 WISCONSIN 9-4 0 NR
15 USC 10-4 0 NR
16 CLEMSON 11-2 0 NR
17 NOTRE DAME 9-4 0 NR
18 OLE MISS 8-5 0 NR
19 ARIZONA STATE 10-4 0 NR
20 KANSAS STATE 8-5 0 NR
21 TEXAS A&M 9-4 0 NR
22 NEBRASKA 9-4 0 NR
23 NORTH CAROLINA 7-6 0 NR
24 MIZZOU 12-2 0 NR
25 WASHINGTON 9-4 0 NR

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  • Mizzou, well that’s almost off the radar. Fly low.

  • strength of schedule doesn’t exist until the season is played and everyone’s records are known. Plus the conferences are power-rated at the end of the regular season. Until that time there is no such thing as strength of schedule

  • no it doesn’t make it sweeter. Texas A&M is considered better than us. They have no defense. and we beat them four of the last five contests. Ole Miss is considered to be better than us and we beat them the last three times we played. no I no longer find it sweet but rather insulting as a fan.I understand that we lost a lot of key players, but I also understand that we were probably the deepest team in the SEC. Now we may not be the deepest team this year but we’ve got a lot of key players returning. I don’t think a team that proven itself to be rather formidable more years than not should be so easily and constantly dismissed. We’re better than Kansas State we’re better than Notre Dame we are better than Nebraska

  • When teams are rated at the top, they are set up to “fail”. Playing with “nothing to lose” and “everything to gain” puts a team in the ideal state of mind. Getting no respect just makes winning games that much more gratifying. That’s what made last season so very, very sweet. Play ball!

  • Ouch, I really wanted to go in unranked. Although AP means virtually nothing now. I notice 26th is UCF, really wanted them ranked. Well I guess the best we can hope for is some more disparaging articles. Mind you it can only fire our team up. I don’t think opposing coaches are believing any of this crap.

    • No, coaches look at polls only to mine motivational themes. I think the players find that stuff for themselves, though, and rev up the “chip on our shoulder” attitude among themselves. Good to be ranked, and good not to be ranked too high. “It’s all good!”

  • More incentive!

    Not one of seven — seven! — talking heads at cbssports, including MU alumnus Dodd, give a nod to Mizzou in their imaginary top 25:

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/24666332/expert-predictions-preseason-top-25

    Growl, Tigers, growl!

  • Starting at 24, gives us a chance to actually shoot for the play-offs. We should stay ranked and possibly a higher ranking come South Carolina week 5. The four non-conf games in the first 4 weeks gives the team a chance to polish up their skills before SEC games. If, again if, we can somehow go 2/3 or better against SC, GA, and FL we would have a great opportunity to climb the polls as last year. We came in week 5 at 24th, I believe against GA and steadily climbed from there on. All in all i’m satified with the ranking. In regards to the players having a chip on there shoulder….. I’m convinced that the players have plenty of motivation, as they attempt to sound the alarm across the SEC that Mizzou is here to stay and will be competitive year after year.

  • Get a load of this: USAToday has Missouri ranked #43. Idiots! Make a point of not buying USAToday (paper), and not visiting the website!