Missouri’s football team achieved its highest-ever ranking in program history, moving up to No. 9 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Tigers, previously ranked 14th, climbed five spots after their convincing 36-7 victory over Tennessee. This significant rise in the rankings positions Missouri as a strong contender in the College Football Playoff race.
Georgia claimed the No. 1 spot in the rankings, surpassing Ohio State, with Michigan at No. 3 and Florida State at No. 4. The committee highlighted Missouri’s impressive win over Tennessee as a factor that contributed to Georgia’s case for the top spot.
The top eight teams in the rankings all secured victories in the previous week, leading to minimal changes within that group. Washington, Oregon, Texas, and Alabama rounded out the top eight.
Missouri, with an 8-2 record, joined Louisville (ranked No. 10 with a 9-1 record) as new entrants to the top 10. The rankings are crucial as the College Football Playoff approaches, with three more rankings to be released before the final decision on December 3. The expansion of the playoff to 12 teams is set to take effect next year.