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Mizzou Football cracks the Top 10 in multiple “Way Too Early” Top 25 Rankings

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Way too early, but who cares?

The College Football season is officially over with the conclusion of the CFP National Championship Game last night, so it’s obviously now time to look at way too early Top 25 rankings for next season, right?

From the Action Network, Brett McMurphy ranks Mizzou at No. 10:

Missouri’s transfer ranking comes in at No. 10 in the country — which is good for 3rd in the SEC.

Bill Bender of the Sporting News ranks Mizzou at No. 12:

“Welcome to the party, Missouri. The Tigers could be ranked in the top-10 in the preseason polls after a break-through season with Eli Drinkwitz. Quarterback Brady Cook announced his return, and star receiver Luther Burden is back for one more year. Yes, the Tigers will have to replace running back Cody Schrader and defensive back Kris Abrams-Draine, and the pressure to duplicate that success in the SEC is a year-by-year endeavor. The schedule is set up for a fast start before road tests at Texas A&M (Oct. 5) and Alabama (Oct. 26).”

Steve Lassan of Athlon Sports ranks the Tigers at No. 8:

“The Tigers are coming off their best season (11-2) since an 11-win campaign in ‘14. Coach Eli Drinkwitz’s squad lost a few key contributors after the Cotton Bowl - namely running back Cody Schrader, tackle Javon Foster, cornerback Kris Abrams-Draine, linebacker Ty’Ron Hopper, and defensive end Darius Robinson - but don’t expect Missouri to slip too much in the preseason rankings. Quarterback Brady Cook and receivers Luther Burden III and Theo Wease are back and additional help to restock the depth chart is on the way from the recruiting trail and transfer portal.”

Mizzou is also at No. 8 according to 247Sports’ Brad Crawford:

“In 2024, Missouri has two former five-stars on its roster in wideout Luther Burden and freshman Williams Nwaneri, a returning starter at quarterback in Brady Cook coming off a statistically-noteworthy season and fill three major needs at starting spots with three highly-regarded portal acquisitions — Oklahoma offensive lineman Cayden Green, Georgia State running back Marcus Carroll and Clemson corner Toriano Pride. Those around Missouri are anxious to see what 2023’s encore looks like after the Tigers ended the season with a dominant win over Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl.”

Expectations will certainly be high heading into a much-anticipated 2024 season fresh off of a contract extension for head coach Eli Drinkwitz. On Monday, more details of the contract were announced as Eli Hoff reports that he’s tied for fifth highest paid coach in the SEC.

And moving on to more NFL Draft announcements — Chad Bailey and Josh Landry both say their goodbyes to Mizzou.

Onto the links. M-I-Z!

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