The Norman Transcript

National Sports

October 28, 2013

Breaking down college football’s top 25

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NORMAN —

“We’re playing really, really good defense, we’ve got guys that are very explosive offensively and we have a great offensive line. We’re a tough football team,” coach Art Briles said after the Kansas game.

Finally, we’ll find out how tough on Nov. 7, when Baylor hosts a Thursday night showdown against the 13th-ranked Sooners.

After that comes No. 15 Texas Tech at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at No. 18 Oklahoma State, at TCU and finally return home for the finale against Texas on Dec. 7.

Soon enough, we’ll know what side of that line Baylor falls.

· Moving down

No team lost more this weekend than Missouri. Dropping five spots to No. 10 in the AP Top 25 was the least of the Tigers’ problems.

Briefly recounting Missouri’s downfall. The Tigers led 17-0 at home in the fourth quarter against South Carolina on Saturday night. A win would have all but sealed an SEC East title for Missouri.

Instead South Carolina won 27-24, after the Tigers let the Gamecocks score a touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 15 in the first OT and Missouri’s Andrew Baggett missed a potential tying 24-yard field goal in the second OT.

That left Missouri (7-1, 3-1) a game ahead South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) in the standings, but with a trickier schedule.

Missouri’s journalism school has produced some of the top sports writers in the country, so when the Tigers have an epic collapse, the heartbreak is well chronicled. This one could lead to a pretty interesting book down the road, especially if the Tigers don’t get to Atlanta.

· Moving in

Michigan State (7-1) moved into the rankings for the first time this season at No. 24, a week ahead of the Spartans’ big game against No. 23 Michigan.

Arizona State (5-2), which has been in and out of the rankings this season, also is back in at No. 25.

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