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AP Top 25 Week 5 and Bowl Projections for Mizzou

Breaking down this week’s AP Top 25 poll, which sets up to be a loaded Saturday slate. Plus, an early look at some bowl projections for Mizzou.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 25 Missouri at Boston College Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Boston College fans rushed the field after an overtime win over the Missouri Tigers, so that means Mizzou is ranked, right? Well....not quite.

Despite another tough loss from the Tigers, it was yet another fun Saturday of College Football to watch as four teams (Clemson, Iowa State, North Carolina, and Kansas State) lost to unranked teams.

In the SEC, Arkansas made a statement with a 20-10 victory over Texas A&M — and now the Razorbacks look like a legitimate Top 10 team, coming in at No. 8 in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. The conference still leads the way with seven teams ranked.

Here is this week’s AP Top 25 poll:

  1. Alabama (4-0)
  2. Georgia (4-0)
  3. Oregon (4-0)
  4. Penn State (4-0)
  5. Iowa (4-0)
  6. Oklahoma (4-0)
  7. Cincinnati (3-0)
  8. Arkansas (4-0)
  9. Notre Dame (4-0)
  10. Florida (3-1)
  11. Ohio State (3-1)
  12. Ole Miss (3-0)
  13. BYU (4-0)
  14. Michigan (4-0)
  15. Texas A&M (3-1)
  16. Coastal Carolina (4-0)
  17. Michigan State (4-0)
  18. Fresno State (4-1)
  19. Oklahoma State (4-0)
  20. UCLA (3-1)
  21. Baylor (4-0)
  22. Auburn (3-1)
  23. NC State (3-1)
  24. Wake Forest (4-0)
  25. Clemson (2-2)

In: NC State, Wake Forest, Baylor, Oklahoma State

Out: Iowa State, Wisconsin, Kansas State, North Carolina

Others receiving votes: Texas 131, Maryland 91, San Diego State 57, Boston College 55, SMU 44, Kentucky 26, Iowa State 25, LSU 24, Arizona State 23, Virginia Tech 20, Wisconsin 13, Rutgers 6, Kansas State 5, UTSA 4, Oregon State 4, Louisville 3, North Carolina 1

Conference breakdown:

SEC: 7

Big Ten: 5

Big 12: 3

ACC: 3

PAC-12: 2

Independents: 2 (BYU, Notre Dame)

Mountain West: 1 (Fresno State)

American Athletic: 1 (Cincinnati)

Sun Belt: 1 (Costal Carolina)

Top 25 match ups for Week 5:

No. 8 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia — 11:00 a.m. CST (ESPN)

No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 9 Notre Dame — 1:30 p.m. CST (NBC)

No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama — 2:30 p.m. CST (CBS)

No. 21 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma State — 6:00 p.m. CST (ESPN2)

Bowl Projections for Mizzou:

Starting the season off 2-2 and losing both swing games to Kentucky and Boston College isn’t exactly ideal.

However, here’s some perspective: Mizzou’s two losses have come on the road against teams that are a combined 8-0 (and on the verge of the Top 25), and both games have been decided by one possession with a chance to win on the final drive.

Having said that, there’s very little room for error now — and the goal the rest of the way should be to at the very least make a bowl game. There’s still a clear path to that, but the Tennessee, North Texas, Vanderbilt, and South Carolina games are all must wins by now.

As of right now, some of the national media still likes the Tigers’ chances of making it to the postseason: