COLUMBIA — Four days after its Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma State, the Missouri football team placed fifth in the Associated Press' final poll — the school's highest finish since a fourth-place showing in 2007.
Missouri's thrilling 41-31 win on Friday capped a 12-2 season in which the Tigers matched their highest win total in program history. Coach Gary Pinkel's team also won 12 games in 2007.
Florida State ended the Southeastern Conference's seven-year reign over the AP's top spot with its win 34-31 win over Auburn in Monday's BCS national title game. The SEC still dominated the top-10, with championship runner-up Auburn at No. 2, South Carolina at No. 3, Missouri fifth and Alabama No. 7.
A total of seven SEC teams made the Top 25, including No. 14 LSU, No. 18 Texas A&M and No. 24 Vanderbilt.
Missouri last appeared in the final rankings in 2010, when the team went 10-3 and finished No. 18.