COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Tigers are bowl-bound after Friday’s 29-27 thriller win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Battle Line Rivalry.
Mizzou has secured bowl eligibility for the third time in three seasons under head coach Eli Drinkwitz. The upcoming bowl game will be the 35th in program history, although the bowl game, location and date are yet to be determined.
A college football selection committee is responsible for the process of assigning 82 FBS teams to bowl seats. The top 4 ranked teams at the end of the year will earn a spot in the college football playoffs or two designated bowl games before the championship.
From there, the committee aims to fill specific bowl games assigned to specific college football conferences. In some cases, tiers are considered based on team performance. The pool of remaining bowl-eligible teams will fill an at-large position.
Essentially, this means that Mizzou could either be assigned a bowl court dedicated specifically to a Southeastern Conference team (like the Liberty Bowl) or could be given a spot at large (like the Tigers, who were in the Armed Forces Bowl secured against the army).
Within the conference, Mizzou could be considered for one of the following bowl games with an SEC opponent:
- ReliaQuest Bowl
- TaxSlayer Gator shell
- Transperfect Music City Bowl
- Tax Act Texas Bowl
- Auto Zone Liberty Bowl
- SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl
- TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
- Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
Eleven SEC teams, including Mizzou, finished the regular season with a 6-6 record or better to qualify for that list of eight bowl games. There may not be any contenders at large here, depending on the final pre-bowl college football rankings. SECSports.com breaks down dates, times and conference matchup agreements this report.
At least one of the SEC’s bowl-bound teams that don’t make the playoffs will also play in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl, an annual competition against the top teams from the Big Ten and Southeastern Conferences. Mizzou will not qualify for this, only making the cut for bowl eligibility at 6-6.
What do college football fans expect for Mizzou?
- CBS sports: Birmingham Bowl (Mizzou vs. East Carolina, Dec. 27)
- Athlon sports: Liberty Bowl (Mizzou vs. Baylor, Dec. 28)
- Last word on sports: Liberty Bowl (Mizzou vs. Baylor, Dec. 28)
- datings.com: Liberty Bowl (Mizzou vs. Kansas State, Dec. 28)
- Rock M Nation: Las Vegas Bowl (Mizzou vs. TBD Pac-12 Team, Dec. 17)
If you enjoy planning ahead for college football bowl games, hopefully this gives you an idea of what to expect. All encounters in the 2022-23 bowl season will be announced next weekend on Pick Sunday, December 4, 2022.
Mizzou has a 15-19 record in all-time bowl games. The Tigers are currently on a three-part bowl losing streak and last won a bowl contest in 2015. For a closer look at Mizzou’s bowl game history, click here.
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