THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: Another loss, more SEC talk

Sunday, October 23, 2011 | 6:24 p.m. CDT; updated 7:17 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 24, 2011

The Missouri football team has a losing record again after a 45-24 defeat against Oklahoma State on Saturday. During the week, the Missouri Board of Curators met again to discuss a possible conference switch.

Another loss

The Tigers (3-4) suffered their worst loss of the season on Saturday, a 45-24 defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

It was the first home loss for Missouri since Nov. 7, 2009, when Baylor beat Missouri 40-32.

The loss once again leaves Missouri with a losing record. With some tough games still looming, Missouri's streak of six straight bowl appearances could be in jeopardy. To be eligible to go to a bowl game, a team must win six games. The Tigers have five more games to pick up the three wins to reach that mark, but it will not be easy.

Two of the games are against currently ranked teams: No. 16 Texas A&M (5-2) next Saturday and No. 19 Texas Tech (5-2) on Nov. 19. Texas Tech beat Oklahoma 41-38 on Saturday, becoming the first visiting team to beat Oklahoma in Norman since Texas Christian University did it on Sept. 3, 2005.

Two of the games also come against teams that were ranked earlier in the season and currently have 4-2 records: Baylor on Nov. 5 and Texas on Nov. 12. Missouri plays Texas A&M and Baylor on the road and Texas and Texas Tech at home before facing Kansas (2-5) in Kansas City on Nov. 26.

Deaton given decision-making powers

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton was granted the power to make decisions regarding conference alignment by the UM System Board of Curators on Friday morning. 

Jon Solomon, a reporter for Birmingham News, sees this as a step in the direction of MU joining the Southeastern Conference.

At Friday's news conference, Deaton confirmed that there has been contact between MU and the SEC, saying, "We've provided information to the SEC, and we've asked for information from the SEC to inform us in regard to our future decision-making."

No deadline has been set by the Board of Curators or either conference for a decision to be made.

Next up: No. 16 Texas A&M

While Missouri is exploring the possibility of leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, Texas A&M is already making the necessary changes to join the SEC next season.

Missouri and Texas A&M will play as Big 12 opponents for the last time next Saturday in College Station, Texas.

Texas A&M has had two losses this season, both coming after second-half collapses to teams currently ranked in the top 10. The Aggies led No. 3 Oklahoma State 20-3 at halftime before losing 30-29 on Sept. 24. One week later, Texas A&M blew a 35-17 halftime lead and lost to No. 8 Arkansas 42-38. The Aggies have won three straight games since then.

Last season, Missouri won at Texas A&M 30-9. Texas A&M leads the all-time series 7-4.

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