Ranking the bowl games, part 6

There are only six days until Missouri finds out its bowl destination, but we at Inside Mizzou can't wait that long. We take our weekly look at Missouri's bowl possibilites.

With only six days until Missouri will know where it's heading for its bowl game, the possibilities are down to only five. Kansas has already accepted a bid for the Tangerine Bowl, so the only bowl left that conflicts with the Braggin' Rights game is the Fort Worth Bowl, which probably will have to find an at-large team because the Big 12 will get two BCS bids.

Should Oklahoma beat Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game, the Sooners and Texas would be in the BCS. The Cotton Bowl wants Oklahoma State, so it would leave Nebraska, Kansas State and Missouri for the Holiday, Alamo and Independence. The Holiday had Kansas State last season, so Nebraska looks like a lock there. But if the representatives from the Holiday Bowl are iffy about Nebraska's coaching situation, Missouri could slip into that spot. The Alamo seems like a lock for Kansas State in this situation.

Should Kansas State win the championship, Oklahoma and Kansas State would get the BCS bids, and Texas would fall to the Cotton, Holiday or Alamo. It would probably assure Missouri's spot in the Independence, which definitely wants to play Missouri against Arkansas.

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

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

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

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

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

Big 12 No. 4 against Big Ten No. 4

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

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

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

Big 12 No. 8 against Conference-USA team

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