2. The One Big, Giant, Glaring Miss …
At the moment, if the top 25 is supposed to be a ranking of the top 25 teams in college football …
M-I-Z … Z-O-U …
Yeah, Utah State is 9-1 and crushing everyone with its offense, but what’s the one really good win on the slate? The Aggies got by Wyoming 24-16 …
Missouri beat Wyoming 40-13.
Memphis pushed UCF in Orlando in a 31-30 fight that came down to the final drive.
Missouri slipped by Memphis 65-33.
What, exactly, has No. 24 Cincinnati done? It’s 9-1, but it’s best win is probably … Tulane? USF? At UCLA?
Missouri beat Florida in Gainesville two weeks ago. You know, the No. 13 Florida that ‘s 7-3 but ranked high because it beat LSU.
Missouri went into Purdue and came away with a 40-37 win.
No. 10 Ohio State went into Purdue and left wearing its butt as a hat.
Boise State got in at No. 25 because it beat previously-ranked Fresno State, who lost to Minnesota and has a roaring resumé win over …. Toledo? New Mexico?
One of the keys to the rankings this season has been the lack of punishment for the teams that lost to good teams. Kentucky has several good wins, but it also just got flattened by Tennessee – and it didn’t drop all that far to 17.
Mississippi State didn’t suffer all that much for its loss to Alabama, and Boston College only dropped three spots after losing at home to Clemson.
Missouri lost to Georgia, at Alabama, and at home against Kentucky. The loss at South Carolina stings on the resumé, but if the committee dove into that game – which is supposed to be its job – it was a nasty-tight 37-35 Gamecock win that came off a big weather delay.
Strength of schedule? Missouri is 22nd. 24th-ranked Cincinnati is 102nd in strength of schedule, and No. 23 Utah State is 126th in SOS.
It doesn’t matter other than procedure, but …
Missouri should be in the top 25.