The preseason AP Top 25 was released on Monday, and unsurprisingly – Alabama will start the season ranked as the No. 1 team in the country. The Crimson Tide are one of five SEC teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, which doesn’t include the Missouri Tigers. Despite receiving eight votes in the preseason coaches poll, Mizzou didn’t gather any receiving votes for the AP.
Here is the full preseason AP Top 25:
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- Iowa State
- Notre Dame
- North Carolina
- Miami (Fla).
- Penn State
- Coastal Carolina
- Arizona State
Others receiving votes: Oklahoma State (107), Ole Miss (106), TCU (40), Liberty (36), Auburn (32), NC State (14), Michigan (12), Northwestern (8), Nevada (7), Boise State (7), Ball State (6), Houston (5), Boston College (5), UCF (5), West Virginia (3), UCLA (2), UAB (2), Army (2)
According to this poll, Missouri will play three teams on their schedule ranked in the Top 25: October 16th vs No. 6 Texas A&M, November 6th at No. 5 Georgia, and November 20th vs No. 13 Florida. In what isn’t exactly an overly daunting start to their schedule, Missouri will probably need to start the season 4-0 with the notable wins over Kentucky and Boston College (who received five votes) to start being in the consideration.
Top 25 match ups for Week 1:
No. 19 Penn State at No. 12 Wisconsin (11:00 a.m. CT, FOX)
No. 17 Indiana at No. 19 Iowa (2:30 p.m. CT, BTN)
No. 1 Alabama vs No. 14 Miami (FL) (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC in Atlanta)
No. 23 Louisiana vs No. 21 Texas (3:30 p.m. CT, FOX)
No. 5 Georgia vs No. 3 Clemson (6:30 p.m. CT, ABC in Charlotte)