Tigers slip out of both polls

Who would have thought that a loss at Troy University would affect Missouri's poll standing? The Tigers dropped out of both polls this week, but are still within arm's length of landing in the top 25 again soon. Check inside for the details.

After a stunning 24-14 loss at Troy on Thursday, Missouri saw its national respect plummet and its ranking disappear.

After coming in at No. 17 and 19 last week, the Tigers slipped to No. 31 in both polls this week. It was the first loss of a troublesome weekend throughout the Big 12's North Division.

Amazingly, only two Big 12 teams are ranked in each poll. After receiving a blowout loss at the hands of Fresno State, Kansas State went on a freefall, landing just outside of the Top 25. The Wildcats are now 26th in both polls.

A similarly surprising loss, this one to Southern Miss at home, dropped Nebraska a few notches as well. The Cornhuskers were not ranked in either poll, but they dropped nearly off the radar screen after their first nonconference home loss in 13 years.

Oklahoma State used a 17-point home win against Tulsa to pitch its case for Top 25 approval. The Cowboys are 27th in both polls, just behind the Wildcats. Colorado, with a win against Washington State, also is receiving votes, making them the league's fifth team to earn the designation.

Troy earned some national respect after last Thursday. The Trojans are now No. 33 in the Associated Press poll and No. 41 in the Coaches' Poll.

Texas and Oklahoma are the only Big 12 teams ranked. The Sooners held steady at No. 2 in both polls with a blowout home win against Houston, while the Longhorns jumped up two spots in each poll, landing at No. 6.

USC continues to lead both polls, but the Sooners are closing the gap.

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