The NCAA released the first BCS poll of the season and the Missouri Tigers don’t have to scroll down too far to find themselves on the list.
Mizzou ranks fifth in the initial BCS poll behind leader Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State. Early Sunday it was reveal Missouri was seventh in the USA Today Coaches poll and fifth in the Associated Press poll. The AP poll does not factor into the BCS formula but the Coaches poll does, which would leave one to believe Missouri has some room to rise in the rankings.
That chance to rise will come Saturday against South Carolina. The Gamecocks rank 21st in the BCS, so a win would not only improve Missouri’s schedule but possibly help the Tigers leap over either Baylor or Miami in the Coaches poll.
Computers formulas love Missouri it would appear. Mizzou received an average ranking of third from the computers with one computer ranking the Tigers first. No poll had Mizzou ranked lower than sixth.
There is little doubt if Missouri wins out they would play for the National Championship. However, if they were to lose a game this season they would need to lose to someone like Ole Miss. Beating South Carolina is almost a must in order to ensure the SEC East lands in Missouri’s favor, and Missouri doesn’t want a bad loss at home to Tennessee or a loss to Kentucky on their resume. Losing to Texas A&M at the end of the season may be too late in the season to lose a game. This leaves Ole Miss – a road game a week before the end of the regular season – as the only non-”must win” on Missouri’s schedule.
Still, the Tigers have a really good shot to end up in the SEC title game undefeated.
2. Florida State
4. Ohio State
7. Miami (Fla)
10. Texas Tech
14. Virginia Tech
16. Texas A&M
17. Fresno State
18. Northern Illinois
19. Oklahoma State
21. South Carolina
23. Central Florida
25. Oregon State