TODAY'S QUESTION: Will you attend Missouri football's bowl game?

Friday, December 3, 2010 | 1:36 p.m. CST

The Missouri football team's regular season is over, and now it's time for the bowl season.

The Tigers will miss out on a BCS bowl again this season, despite a 10-2 record. And with Texas A&M leapfrogging the Tigers and accepting a bid to the Cotton Bowl, Missouri's impressive season might not end with an impressive bowl bid.

The Tigers are still in the running to go to the Alamo Bowl, Insight Bowl and Holiday Bowl.

Bowl game attendance problems are the cloud hanging over the Missouri football team come bowl season. Earned or not, Tigers fans have a reputation that they do not travel. It could be the reason that the Aggies, whose fans sold out their share of Cotton Bowl tickets in one day, jumped the Tigers, despite the fact that Texas A&M has a worse record and lost to Missouri this season.

It's the Catch-22 bowl — the Tigers will likely be passed over by the best bowls because of attendance concerns, but the sub-par bowls the Tigers do make are not attractive enough for large numbers of Tiger fans to make the trip.

The Tigers will announce what bowl bid they have accepted on Sunday night, and chances are high the Holiday Bowl, which pits the "No. 5" (the fifth selected) team in the Big 12 against the Pac 10's No. 3 team, will host the Tigers Dec. 30.

Regardless of which bowl bid the Tigers accept, will you attend the game?

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Ellis Smith December 3, 2010 | 2:21 p.m.

Walked into one of Columbia's better-known "watering holes" today and they asked me if I thought MU and Iowa would play together in a bowl game. Doesn't seem likely: 10-2 versus 7-5.

Surely MU can do better than that.

On the other hand, Iowa has a well-deserved reputation for the crowd it brings to any bowl game it ends up in. Iowans are seriously starved for entertainment!

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SHERRY KETTELKAMP December 5, 2010 | 2:29 a.m.

Who can afford to travel to San Diego during the holidays with airfare over $450 round trip plus hotel? Atleast you can drive or fly for a reasonable cost to Texas. I'd rather have the Ticket City bowl and play in Dallas at the new Texas Stadium on New Years Day.

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Ellis Smith December 5, 2010 | 6:51 a.m.

You are correct, Sherry, but these events also need to be CAREFULLY viewed in the context of REVENUE (from bowl organizers) to respective college football programs. For some of these bowls the "guaranteed" revenue to the school's athletic program is substantial, no matter how many or how few of the school's fans show up.

These payouts are proof* that NCAA Division I athletics are first and foremost big business*, and that all the adulation for "Dear Old Podunk University" is just so much window dressing. :)

*- As if everyone didn't already know that.

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Ellis Smith December 6, 2010 | 5:12 a.m.

Well, Sir Billington, if that's your REAL name then mine is Cam Newton (Heisman Trophy candidate). Play by the rules, or play somewhere else.

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Andrew Hansen December 6, 2010 | 2:19 p.m.

I don't see why at least one of the Big-12/Big-10 Bowl games cannot be played at the dome in St. Louis.

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Paul Van Gorp December 8, 2010 | 7:43 a.m.

Just for the record....I would not want a ticket to any other bowl in Dallas except the Cotton Bowl (which is played at Cowboy Stadium) as the Ticket City Bowl is played at the old Cotton Bowl. (correction @ Sherry)

With the payout for the Insight Bowl being virtually the same as the Cotton Bowl and being the number two and three highest payouts in the Big 12, I am pleased that Mizzou was picked ahead of Nebraska and that OSU went to San Antonio. Sure beats the $650,000 Texas Bowl with Navy handing it to us......

If you've been to the Alamo Bowl (Big 12 championships) and sat inside that monstrosity, you would know for more than a million more and the extra travel, it would be worth supporting Mizzou in Tempe.

Not that the effort will be made for most though and that's why TAMU (with the largest student ticket following in the country) and the money gets the nod in Texas.....

I just like the split of OU's money that comes to the Big 12 as well.....

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