Ranking the bowl games, part 5

Another week, more changes, but one bowl game remains Missouri's most likely destination. But Texas' chances at a BCS Bowl are giving the Tigers a chance at some of the Big 12's better bowls. Inside Mizzou takes its weekly look at Missouri's most likely bowl games.

This much we know: the Cotton Bowl and any BCS bowl are out of the question. Everything else remains a possibility. The Cotton Bowl can't pick a team with a worse record than the Holiday Bowl team, so that's out of the question. But with Texas having a great chance at a BCS bowl, it makes every other Big 12 bowl a possibility.

The Independence Bowl people have made it clear that they want Missouri against Arkansas. After Saturday's loss, that looks like the best possibility, but the Tigers might not drop that low.

The Holiday Bowl and Alamo Bowl will get the first cracks at the Tigers if they want them. Missouri played in the Holiday Bowl in 1997, a loss to Washington State. If the Tigers drop past those two bowls, it seems the Independence is almost a guarantee. If the Cotton Bowl picks Kansas State, the Holiday and Alamo Bowls could still choose Missouri ahead of Oklahoma State, Nebraska or Texas Tech. Friday's Nebraska-Colorado game could have a lot of say in that.

The Houston, Tangerine, and Fort Worth Bowls would have next dibs, but it doesn't seem like Missouri would drop that far.

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

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

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

Big 12 No. 4 against Big Ten No. 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Big 12 No. 8 against Conference-USA team


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