Apparently beating a weak Baylor team is enough to get a team ranked these days.
Fresh off their 30-10 win in Waco, the Tigers sneaked into the USA Today/Coaches' Poll, finding themselves No. 24 after Maryland and NC State dropped out. The Tigers had been No. 26 before playing Baylor.
USC still holds a slim lead at the top of the rankings, but Oklahoma, after a win against Texas in the Red River Shootout yesterday, is hot on the Trojans' collective heels. The Longhorns slipped to No. 11 after their 12-0 loss at the hands of the Sooners.
Oklahoma State, Missouri's opponent in two weeks, improved to No. 15 after drubbing Colorado 42-14 on the road. Missouri's arrival leaves the Big 12 with four ranked teams, with Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Colorado also garnering consideration.
The Tigers also moved up two spots in the Associated Press poll, but remain unranked. They are just on the cusp of cracking the rankings, garnering 62 votes, 28 behind No. 25 Ohio State.