Missouri finished 27th in the latest Associated Press poll with 67 votes, its highest ranking in the Gary Pinkel era. The Tigers beat Ball State 35-7 on Saturday.
The Tigers still finished 60 votes shy of the 25th-ranked team, South Carolina. But the Gamecocks and 24th-ranked North Carolina State both face tough challenges this Saturday, which could open the door for the Tigers.
Missouri, who plays Eastern Illinois at home on Saturday, is also ranked 31st in the coaches poll with 42 votes.