Mizzou football was eligible for this poll.
The AP writers have spoken, and the Missouri Tigers are not a preseason top 25 team. Barely.
Despite other polls putting the Tigers in, the AP released its first poll Monday and Mizzou football was left off the list.
But the Tigers sit at No. 26
Here is the complete Associated Press Top 25 College Football Preseason Poll. You could probably guess Nos. 1, 2 and 3.
Missouri received 117 points, not enough to catch No. 25 Stanford, which had 141.
There were six SEC teams on this year’s initial poll that left Missouri the top team out of the top 25. A win in Week 1 over Wyoming probably pushes Mizzou into the top 25, if not, definitely a home opener West Virginia ‘W’ should get the Tigers in.
Missouri also was left out of the Coaches Preseason Poll, but for a different reason. The Tigers were not eligible because of the postseason ban currently handed out to the program. It is not known if Mizzou would have been on the coaches poll because the Tigers simply weren’t a team that a coach could select.
The associated press could, and the writers have them just outside.
It should be noted the Tigers also were not in the preseason top 25 to begin the 2013 or the 2007 seasons, and look how they turned out. Here’s to another six years later that could bring just as much to the program as those years did.
Mizzou is set to bring in quarterback Kelly Bryant to a team with solid offensive contributors in Larry Rountree III, Albert Okwuegbunam and Johnathon Johnson, along with a host of others and a top-5 conference offensive line. The Tigers also bring back one of the best SEC linebackers in Cale Garrett to go with a top cornerback in DeMarkus Acy and a defensive line hoping to bring back “D-Line Zou”.