For the first time in 60 years, Baylor has returned to the top half of the Top 10 of the Associated Press weekly poll.
Thanks to Missouri’s heartbreaking overtime loss to South Carolina Saturday, the Bears took over the Tigers’ spot at No. 5. It’s Baylor’s highest AP ranking since it was No. 3 in 1953. The Bears’ No. 6 ranking a week ago was the program’s highest since Jan. 1, 1980.
Mizzou landed four spots lower at No. 10.
As expected, there wasn’t much change ahead of that spot as Alabama (No. 1), Oregon (No. 2), Florida State (No. 3) and Ohio State (No. 4) stayed steady from a week ago. One-loss Stanford actually leapfrogged unbeaten Miami, moving up two spots to No. 6 while the No. 7 Hurricanes are where they were after Week 8.
Another of this week’s leaping frogs is Auburn, which climbed up three spots into the Top 10 at No. 8. The Tigers benefited from both Mizzou’s loss as well as one suffered by previously-unbeaten Texas Tech, which fell from No. 10 to No. 15.
Clemson is the other member of this week’s Top Ten, maintaining the Week 8 status quo at No. 9.
As far as first-place votes are concerned, there is no change from last weekend as Alabama (55), Oregon (three) and Florida State (two) hold the same number as they did seven days ago.
Outside of the Top 10, South Carolina and Oklahoma made the biggest moves up in the latest poll, climbing six and four spots to No. 14 and No. 13, respectively. LSU (No. 11), Texas A&M (No. 12), UCF (No. 19) and Northern Illinois (No. 21) were each bumped up two spots apiece. On the opposite end of the spectrum, UCLA plunged five spots to No. 17.
Interestingly, Fresno State and Louisville dropped despite wins: the Bulldogs to No. 15 from No. 16, the Cardinals from No. 18 to No. 20.
As was the case in the coaches’ poll, Virginia Tech (No. 16) and Nebraska (No. 25) were knocked out of the Top 25 after losses. They were replaced by Michigan State (No. 24) and Arizona State (No. 25).