For those looking for a little respect for 5-0 Missouri, here ya go.
Left outside the coaches’ Top 25 poll, the unbeaten Tigers are inside the Associated Press‘ rankings (barely) at No. 25. It marks the first time Mizzou has been in the AP poll since the second week of the 2011 season.
Whether or not Mizzou’s stay in the Top 25 will be short-lived or not remains to be seen; next Saturday, they travel to Athens to take on No. 7, but injury-ravaged, Georgia.
Aside from a team that’s part of a university known more for its renowned journalism school cracking the rankings, there was very little notable change exiting Week 6.
Alabama and Oregon, of course, are still 1-2. As was the case last week, the Tide received 55 first-place votes while the Ducks received the other five.
Florida State, as it did in the coaches’ poll, leapfrogged a pair of teams to go from No. 8 to No. 6. UCLA (No. 11) and Oklahoma (No. 12) as well as Miami (No. 13) and South Carolina (No. 14) flipped positions from a week ago.
Baylor (No. 15) and Fresno State (No. 21) each climbed two spots.
Washington, which lost by three on the road to No. 5 Stanford, took one step back to No. 16. Northwestern, which lost by 10 at home to No. 4 Ohio State, dropped three to No. 19.
Arizona State (No. 22), Ole Miss (No. 24) and Maryland (No. 25) all dropped out, replaced by, in addition to Mizzou, No. 23 Northern Illinois and No. 24 Virginia Tech.