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story.lead_photo.caption Missouri coach Barry Odom watches a recent practice at Faurot Field. The Tigers are just out of the AP preseason Top 25 poll released Monday. Photo by Associated Press / News Tribune.

The Missouri football team just missed the top 25 in the Associated Press's 2019 preseason poll released Monday.

The Tigers, coming off an 8-5 season that included a 4-4 mark in Southeastern Conference play and ended with a Liberty Bowl loss to Oklahoma State in Memphis, Tenn., received 117 points. Stanford, 9-4 last season, was No. 25 with 141 points.

Missouri was not included in the Coaches Poll, released earlier this month, because of its postseason ban. Missouri is still awaiting the NCAA's final decision after delivering an appeal in July.

Clemson, the defending national champions and former home of current Missouri starter at quarterback Kelly Bryant, was ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history. The Tigers, along with No. 22 Syracuse, are the only Atlantic Coast Conference teams ranked in the preseason poll.

The SEC has four teams ranked in the top eight — No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia, No. 6 LSU and No. 8 Florida. Texas A&M (No. 12) and Auburn (No. 16) are also ranked.

Missouri plays at Georgia and hosts Florida in back-to-back weeks in early November. The only other opponents to receive votes on the Tigers' calendar this season were South Carolina (15 points) and West Virginia (three).

The remainder of the top 10 includes: No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Michigan, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 10 Texas.

Nebraska, which finished the 2018 season 4-8 under first-year head coach Scott Frost, got 154 votes and is ranked No. 24.

The highest-ranked team to finish outside of last season's final poll is No. 11 Oregon, with No. 14 Utah, Auburn, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 21 Iowa State, Nebraska and Stanford also receiving the honor.

Missouri opens the season Saturday, Aug. 31, at Wyoming, before its home opener Sept. 7, against West Virginia.

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