POLL SMOKERS REWARD RUTGERS, MIZZOU: Rutgers football fans got a much-deserved reward late Sunday night, as the Scarlet Knights football team was ushered into the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1976 (#23).

After witnessing the vomit-fest that is the North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio U., and Howard football programs, I’d say Rutgers fans deserved the rank recognition more than the team did.

Equally curious to New Jersey U. cracking the poll was the decision by AP journos to award Missouri with a #25 ranking. Mizzou has so far muffled the cries of sad sacks Ole Miss, Murray State and New Mexico.

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I’m guessing the only shorter poll stay than Rutgers and Missouri will be Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s next, ex-girlfriend.