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2012 College Football Rankings: AP Poll Places Missouri Tigers Outside Top 25

After being left outside of the Top 25 in the final college football Coaches Poll for 2012, the Missouri Tigers (8-5) took an even bigger hit in the final AP Top 25 Poll. Their Independence Bowl win over the North Carolina Tar Heels did very little to earn them any favor with national writers, as they finished outside the poll and finished fourth among teams also receiving votes behind BYU, Auburn and Northern Illinois.

The Big 12 once again did well, as the Oklahoma State finished No. 3, Baylor slid in at No. 13, Kansas State hit No. 15 and Oklahoma rounded out the conference qualifiers at No. 16. Here is the final AP Top 25 Poll:

Rank Team Record Votes Prev
1 Alabama (55) 12-1 1,495 2
2 LSU (1) 13-1 1,425 1
3 Oklahoma State (4) 12-1 1,399 3
4 Oregon 12-2 1,250 6
5 Arkansas 11-2 1,198 7
6 USC 10-2 1,181 5
7 Stanford 11-2 1,167 4
8 Boise State 12-1 1,127 8
9 South Carolina 11-2 1,013 10
10 Wisconsin 11-3 905 9
11 Michigan State 11-3 873 12
12 Michigan 11-2 839 13
13 Baylor 10-3 780 15
14 TCU 11-2 653 16
15 Kansas State 10-3 621 11
16 Oklahoma 10-3 572 19
17 West Virginia 10-3 547 23
18 Houston 13-1 518 20
19 Georgia 10-4 439 18
20 Southern Miss 12-2 411 22
21 Virginia Tech 11-3 329 17
22 Clemson 10-4 188 14
23 Florida State 9-4 154 25
24 Nebraska 9-4 143 21
25 Cincinnati 10-3 103 NR

Others Receiving Votes: Brigham Young51, Auburn40, Northern Illinois33, Missouri23, Texas15, Rutgers3, Penn State2, North Dakota State2, Virginia1

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