Missouri moves into AP rankings

The Missouri Tigers are back in the Associated Press Top 25 college football rankings.

The Tigers (5-0) moved into the rankings at No. 25 after defeating Vanderbilt 51-28 on Saturday night in Nashville, Tenn. It’s the first appearance in the rankings for the Tigers since September 2011.

Missouri, which is just out of the USA Today’s Top 25, is back in action this Saturday at Georgia. The Bulldogs are No. 7 in this week’s rankings after edging Tennessee in overtime Saturday.

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For the fourth straight week, the top five teams in the AP poll are unchanged, led by No. 1 Alabama.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide received 55-of-60 first-place votes after an easy victory and No. 2 Oregon received the other five after its latest blowout. Clemson is No. 3, followed by Ohio State and Stanford.

The Buckeyes and Cardinal were both tested Saturday night and stayed unbeaten. Ohio State rallied to win at Northwestern, 40-30. The Wildcats slipped three spots to No. 19. Stanford held off Washington 31-28. The Huskies dropped only one spot to No. 16.

In addition to Missouri, other teams moving into the rankings this week are No. 23 Northern Illinois (5-0) and No. 24 Virginia Tech (5-1). Arizona State, Mississippi and Maryland dropped out.

For the complete AP and USA Today rankings, see page C2.

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