Update: This story was published at 11:26 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. On Sunday evening, Missouri accepted an invitation to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.
COLUMBIA — After a wild Saturday of college football, our prediction for the Missouri football team's bowl destination hasn’t changed: By our calculation, the Tigers are headed to New York City.
Projections for this season's bowl games
Participants for each competition will become official later Sunday. Asterisks indicate BCS automatic berths or teams that have already excepted invitations as of Saturday night.
Missouri is expected to announce its selection at about 6 p.m. Sunday.
- BCS Championship (Jan. 9, New Orleans): LSU vs. Alabama
- Orange Bowl (Jan. 4, Miami): Clemson* vs. West Virginia
- Sugar Bowl (Jan. 3, New Orleans): Michigan vs. Virginia Tech
- Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 2, Glendale, Ariz.): Oklahoma State* vs. Stanford
- Rose Bowl (Jan. 2, Pasadena, Calif.): Wisconsin* vs. Oregon*
- New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 17, New Orleans): Marshall vs. Louisiana-Lafayette*
- Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 17, Boise, Idaho): Ohio vs. Utah State
- New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 17, Albuquerque, N.M.): Western Michigan vs. Wyoming
- Beef O’Brady’s Bowl (Dec. 20, St. Petersburg, Fla.): Pittsburgh vs. Tulsa
- Poinsettia Bowl (Dec. 21, San Diego): Boise State vs. Nevada
- Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 22, Las Vegas): TCU vs. Utah
- Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 24, Honolulu): SMU vs. Louisiana Tech
- Independence Bowl (Dec. 26, Shreveport, La.): Wake Forest vs. San Diego State
- Belk Bowl (Dec. 27, Charlotte, N.C.): North Carolina vs. Cincinnati
- Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl (Dec. 27, Detroit): Northwestern vs. Toledo
- Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28, San Diego): Texas vs. Arizona State
- Military Bowl (Dec. 28, Washington): Temple vs. Air Force
- Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29, San Antonio, Texas): Kansas State vs. Washington
- Champs Sports Bowl (Dec. 29, Orlando, Fla.): Virginia vs. Notre Dame
- Insight Bowl (Dec. 30, Tempe, Ariz.): Baylor vs. Penn State
- Music City Bowl (Dec. 30, Nashville, Tenn.): N.C. State vs. Vanderbilt
- Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 30, Bronx, N.Y.): Missouri vs. Rutgers
- Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 30, Dallas): BYU vs. Houston
- Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31, Atlanta): Florida State vs. Auburn
- Fight Hunger Bowl (Dec. 31, San Francisco): UCLA vs. Florida International
- Liberty Bowl (Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.): Southern Miss vs. Mississippi State
- Sun Bowl (Dec. 31, El Paso, Texas): Georgia Tech vs. California
- Bowl of Texas (Dec. 31, Houston): Iowa vs. Texas A&M
- Gator Bowl (Jan. 2, Jacksonville, Fla.): Ohio State vs. Florida
- CapitalOne Bowl (Jan. 2, Orlando, Fla.): Nebraska vs. Georgia
- Outback Bowl (Jan. 2, Tampa, Fla.): Michigan State vs. South Carolina
- TicketCity Bowl (Jan. 2, Dallas): Illinois vs. Iowa State
- Cotton Bowl (Jan. 6, Arlington, Texas): Oklahoma vs. Arkansas
- BBVA Compass Bowl (Jan. 7, Birmingham, Ala.): Louisville vs. Purdue
- GoDaddy.com Bowl (Jan. 8, Mobile, Ala.): Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas State*
The Pinstripe Bowl selects seventh in the Big 12 Conference selection order, and with only the Tigers and Iowa State left on the board by that point, Missouri is the more attractive option. The Pinstripe Bowl, played on Dec. 30 at Yankee Stadium, will likely choose Rutgers as Missouri’s opponent. The Scarlet Knights, out of the Big East, are the closest FBS school to New York City and thus are an attractive option for the Pinstripe Bowl.
Southern Mississippi’s upset of Houston knocked the Cougars out of the BCS, meaning that with the appropriate rise in the polls, TCU could earn an automatic bid into a BCS bowl game. We don’t think the Horned Frogs will get to the necessary No. 16 slot but the possibility remains.
Following the BCS selection of the Big 12 champion, the first pick goes to the Cotton Bowl, which we think will want the numerous and nearby fans from the University of Oklahoma to fill Cowboys Stadium in Arlington to watch the Sooners take on Arkansas. The next pick belongs to the Alamo Bowl, and the folks in San Antonio will go for two-loss Kansas State. As for the rest of the conference, Baylor will play in the Insight Bowl; Texas will be invited to the Holiday Bowl; and Texas A&M will make its final appearance as a member of the Big 12 in the Bowl of Texas. As the leftover Big 12 team, we project Iowa State will head to Dallas for the TicketCity Bowl.
The accompanying chart contains our projections for this season's bowl games. Missouri is expected to announce its selection at 6 p.m. Sunday.