As we found out on August 1st, Missouri was ineligible for the USA Today Coaches Poll because of the postseason ban.
USA Today has confirmed that Missouri is not eligible to be part of the coaches’ poll this year because of the NCAA probation sanction.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) August 1, 2019
They are, however, eligible for the AP Top 25. But of course they weren’t included in their preseason poll, which was released today. DISRESPECT! The Tigers just missed the cut as the first team out of the Top 25 with 117 receiving votes. Six SEC teams come in ranked here.
Here is the full preseason AP Top 25:
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- Penn State
- Michigan State
- Iowa State
- Washington State
Others receiving votes:
Missouri 117 (hey that’s us!), Army 94, Mississippi State 87, Miami (FL) 70, Northwestern 63, TCU 57, Virginia 44, Boise State 38, Cincinnati 16, South Carolina 15, Virginia Tech 12, Fresno State 8, Utah State 8, Minnesota 7, Memphis 6, Appalachian State 5, West Virginia 3, Oklahoma State 3, Arizona State 3, Arizona 1, USC 1
Looking at the schedule, Missouri only plays two teams ranked but both are in the Top 10 in back-to-back weeks; at No. 3 Georgia on November 9th, and vs No. 8 Florida on November 16th.
Meanwhile, Missouri still hasn’t started a season ranked since 2015. The Tigers were No. 24 in AP and No. 23 in the Coaches Poll to begin that year. That team finished 5-7 in 2015, telling you all you need to know about preseason rankings.
Missouri starts the season August 31st at Wyoming. Kick-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT. A win there may very well put them into the Top 25.