Missouri football keeps No. 24 ranking in AP poll

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | 1:17 p.m. CDT; updated 4:52 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 2, 2014

COLUMBIA — Missouri football remained at No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll after its 38-18 opening victory over South Dakota State.

The Tigers were also ranked the No. 24 team in college football in the AP's preseason ranking. Missouri wasn't ranked in the top 25 until the seventh week of the 2013 season. 

Seven other Southeastern Conference teams were ranked in the poll, which is once again more than any other conference. There were seven SEC teams ranked in the preseason.

Among SEC teams ranked in the top 25, Missouri's No. 24 ranking is the lowest. South Carolina, previously ranked No. 9, fell to No. 21 after losing 52-28 at home against now-No. 9 Texas A&M. The Tigers play at South Carolina on Sept. 27. Missouri also plays at home against No. 6 Georgia and plays at Texas A&M. 

The Tigers next play on the road against Toledo. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that his team is aware of the Rockets' history of playing and occasionally upsetting top-25 teams. Toledo lost by five points to then-No. 15 Ohio State in 2011, upset then-No. 21 Cincinnati in 2012 and lost at Florida, then ranked No. 10, early last season. 

"This is very normal for them," Pinkel said of the Rockets, who are members of the Mid-American Conference. 

Missouri was also ranked No. 22 in this week's USA Today Coaches poll. The Tigers were previously ranked outside the Top 25 in that poll. 

Supervising editor is Sean Morrison.

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