BU Cracks Top 25 For First Time In 17 Years, Leads Big 12 South

WACO (October 24, 2010)—After defeating Kansas State to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1994, the Baylor football team Sunday was ranked No. 25 in The Associated Press college football poll, the school’s first ranking since Sept. 5, 1993 when the Bears were No. 24 for a week.

Baylor currently tops the Big 12 South, as well.

Current Big 12 South Standings

Baylor 3-1
Oklahoma 2-1
Oklahoma State 2-1
Texas 2-2
Texas Tech 2-3
Texas A&M 1-2

Auburn jumped two spots to No. 3 behind top-ranked Oregon and Boise State in the AP poll.

The Tigers have their highest ranking since they were No. 2 in 2006 after beating LSU 24-17 on Saturday in a matchup of the Southeastern Conference's last unbeaten teams.

TCU is No. 4, Michigan State is fifth and Alabama is No. 6.

No. 7 Missouri made the largest jump in the poll, moving 11 spots after beating previously undefeated Oklahoma 36-27.

The Sooners dropped eight spots to No. 11.

Missouri was last ranked this highly in 2007, when the Tigers reached No. 1 and finished the season No. 4.

On Saturday, after a storm delay, Jay Finley rushed for a school-record 250 yards, Robert Griffin threw for a career-high 404 yards and four touchdowns as Baylor beat Kansas State 47-42 Saturday night to become bowl eligible for the first time since joining the Big 12.

Baylor (6-2, 3-1) has not played in a bowl game since 1994, when the Bears were part of the now defunct Southwest Conference.

Griffin was 26 of 38 passing and Finley averaged 9.6 yards per carry to key an offense, which gained 683 yards, breaking a school record that was set three weeks ago.

One week after thumping rival Kansas 59-7, the Wildcats (5-2, 2-2) missed out on becoming bowl eligible.

Kansas State hasn't played in the postseason since 2006.

Josh Gordon and Kendall Wright each had two receiving touchdowns as the Bears scored on eight of their first 10 possessions.

Associated Press Top 25

1 Oregon (44) 7-0 1480 1
2 Boise State (11) 6-0 1419 2
3 Auburn (3) 8-0 1376 5
4 TCU (2) 8-0 1354 4
5 Michigan State 8-0 1175 8
6 Alabama 7-1 1173 7
7 Missouri 7-0 1121 18
8 Utah 7-0 1098 9
9 Wisconsin 7-1 1022 10
10 Ohio State 7-1 931 11
11 Oklahoma 6-1 861 3
12 LSU 7-1 831 6
13 Stanford 6-1 830 12
14 Nebraska 6-1 760 14
15 Arizona 6-1 691 15
16 Florida State 6-1 606 16
17 South Carolina 5-2 476 19
18 Iowa 5-2 468 13
19 Arkansas 5-2 435 21
20 Oklahoma State 6-1 336 17
21 Virginia Tech 6-2 270 23
22 Miami (FL) 5-2 229 25
23 Mississippi State 6-2 221 24
24 USC 5-2 172 NR
25 Baylor 6-2 56 NR

Dropped from rankings: West Virginia 20, Texas 22

Others receiving votes: Nevada 32, Hawaii 19, Michigan 9, Syracuse 8, West Virginia 8, San Diego State 7, East Carolina 7, Navy 5, Oregon State 5, Northwestern 4, Florida 2, Maryland 1, North Carolina State 1, Northern Illinois 1,


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