Ranking the bowl games, Part 2

With the shakeup in the Big 12 this weekend, Missouri's bowl possibilities are still very much in limbo. Inside Mizzou takes it's weekly look at Missouri's most likely bowls.

Nebraska sure gave Missouri a chance to play in Kansas City with the loss to Texas this weekend, but there's plenty ahead for the Tigers if they want to move into the Big 12's top four.

True, it seems unlikely Missouri will fall to eighth in the conference, but to make the Fiesta Bowl would require beating Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game or surpassing several of the one-loss teams in the BCS standings. Now that seems really unlikely, so the Fiesta Bowl stays at No. 7 and the Fort Worth at No. 6.

However, Missouri will likely push to avoid playing on the weekend of Dec. 22 because the basketball team plays the annual Braggin' Rights game against Illinois on Dec. 23. Missouri has an advantage in that it will bring a large fan base waiting five years for a bowl, so the Tigers or a bowl committee would not want to split up that fan base between the bowl game and one of the biggest basketball games of the season. If Missouri finishes fifth through seventh in the Big 12, look for the Independence and Houston Bowls to be the top two picks.

1) Independence Bowl: 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La.

Big 12 No. 5, 6 or 7 against SEC team

2) Houston Bowl: 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 in Houston

Big 12 No. 5, 6 or 7 against SEC team

3) Alamo Bowl: 9 p.m. on Dec. 29 in San Antonio

Big 12 No. 4 against Big Ten No. 4

4) Tangerine Bowl: 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 in Orlando

Big 12 No. 5, 6 or 7 against ACC No. 4

5) Holiday Bowl: 8 p.m. on Dec. 30 in San Diego

Big 12 No. 3 against Pac-10 No. 2

6) Fort Worth Bowl: 7:30 on Dec. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Big 12 No. 8 against Conference-USA team

7) Fiesta Bowl: 8 p.m. on Jan. 2 in Tempe, Arizona

BCS Bowl (Big 12 tie-in)

8) Sugar Bowl: 8 p.m. on Jan. 4 in New Orleans

BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2 (National Championship)

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