Mizzou climbs to No. 16 in AP Poll, kickoff time set for clash with No. 1 Georgia

Missouri running back Cody Schrader exults in front of the crowd after they defeated South...
Missouri running back Cody Schrader exults in front of the crowd after they defeated South Carolina in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)(L.G. Patterson | AP)
Published: Oct. 23, 2023 at 12:55 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - The Missouri Tigers football team passed its final test before beginning preparations for its ultimate challenge, beating South Carolina 34-12 in the Homecoming game Saturday on Faurot Field. The convincing victory over an SEC East rival improved Mizzou to 3-1 in conference play and 7-1 overall while garnering some additional national attention for Eli Drinkwitz’s fast-rising program.

The Tigers climbed from No. 20 to No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. It’s Mizzou football’s highest ranking in the AP Poll since it finished at No. 14 to conclude the 2014 season. The rise in the rankings also positions Missouri for more prominent opportunities in terms of television viewership as evidenced by the next round of game assignments and TV times announced by the Southeastern Conference on Monday afternoon.

The SEC announced that Mizzou’s game against No. 1 Georgia will kick off in front of a national audience on CBS at 2:30 CT on Saturday, November 4. It’s one of the biggest opportunities for Missouri football in recent years, and Tiger fans in the St. Louis area will have the opportunity to catch it on KMOV, Channel 4.

After the win over South Carolina, Missouri now has a bye week to prepare for its upcoming contest against the top-ranked team in the country. The two-time defending national champions will face Florida in Jacksonville on October 28 in the rivalry game known as the ‘World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.’ That game will air this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT, also on KMOV.