Missouri football ranked No. 24 in preseason Associated Press Top 25

Sunday, August 17, 2014 | 1:55 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Missouri was ranked the No. 24 team in college football in the preseason Associated Press poll Sunday.

The Tigers finished the 2013 season ranked No. 5 by the AP after going 12-2 with a berth in the Southeastern Conference Championship game and a Cotton Bowl victory against Oklahoma State. 

That season, Missouri was not ranked in the preseason Top 25. The Tigers also fell outside a Top 25 ranking in this year's preseason USA Today coaches poll, which was released July 31. 

Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk said he isn't concerned about Missouri's preseason ranking. The team begins its season Aug. 30. 

"I don't care if we're one or 100," Mauk said after Saturday's scrimmage. "We're gonna worry about South Dakota State."

Seven other SEC teams were ranked in the top 25, more than any other conference. Among SEC teams ranked in the top 25, Missouri's No. 24 ranking is the lowest.

The Tigers play three teams ranked in the preseason poll this season: No. 9 Georgia, No. 12 South Carolina and No. 21 Texas A&M. 

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