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Missouri Football Championship Week Bowl Projections: Tigers virtually a lock for NY6

Finishing the regular season with a 10-2 record and a CFP ranking of No. 9, Mizzou is almost a lock for a NY6 bowl bid. A look at where the Tigers could be headed with Selection Sunday upon us.

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The Missouri Tigers finished the regular season with a record of 10-2 (6-2 SEC) with a 48-14 win over Arkansas on Black Friday — clinching their fifth 10-win regular season in program history, joining the 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2014 teams.

Staying put at No. 9 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings as expected and ahead of the Penn State Nittany Lions (10th) and Ole Miss Rebels (11th) a prestigious bowl game is coming Missouri’s way. Welcome to the New Year’s Six, Mizzou.

Where are the Tigers exactly headed? That’s to be determined — but a Peach Bowl or Cotton Bowl destination is very likely at the moment, and the opponent may come down to Penn State, Texas, or Tulane. Here’s a rundown of this week’s bowl content here on Rock M Nation:

There’s a lot of moving parts and a lot that could happen during this Championship Week — but as of right now, it looks like Mizzou is either destined for Arlington or Atlanta with an outside shot in Glendale for the Fiesta. The only possible way Mizzou gets knocked out of the NY6 is if Oklahoma State, Iowa, and Louisville all pull off the upsets on Saturday. Of course, that would be very unlikely.

So, let’s take a look at Mizzou’s latest bowl projections entering Championship Week:


CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl vs Penn State (Dec. 30 in Atlanta): 11:00 a.m. CST on ESPN

($$) ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Kyle Bonagura: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl vs Tulane (Dec. 30 in Atlanta) 11:00 a.m. CST on ESPN

Bonagura: “Before the season, I never would have thought I’d have Missouri in a New Year’s Six bowl. The definition of mediocre the past eight years, Mizzou’s rise in Eli Drinkwitz’s fourth year seemingly came out of nowhere.”

Action Network’s Brett McMurphy: Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs Texas (Dec. 29 in Arlington) 7:00 p.m. CST on ESPN

($$) The Athletic: Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs Texas (Dec. 29 in Arlington) 7:00 p.m. CST on ESPN

FOX Sports: Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs Penn State (Dec. 29 in Arlington) 7:00 p.m. CST on ESPN

Sporting News: Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs Texas (Dec. 29 in Arlington) 7:00 p.m. CST on ESPN

USA Today: Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs Texas (Dec. 29 in Arlington) 7:00 p.m. CST on ESPN

247Sports: Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs Penn State (Dec. 29 in Arlington) 7:00 p.m. CST on ESPN

“Sources tell 247Sports that Texas had made it clear the Longhorns prefer “leaving the state” for bowl season if they’re not selected for the playoff.”

Athlon Sports: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl vs Penn State (Dec. 30 in Atlanta) 11:00 am. CST on ESPN

College Football News: Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs Tulane (Dec. 29 in Arlington) 7:00 p.m. CST on ESPN

College Football Network: Vrbo Fiesta Bowl vs Texas (Jan. 1 in Glendale) 12:00 p.m. CST on ESPN

“After a sensational that saw they hit double-digit wins for the first time since 2014, the Missouri Tigers are a virtual lock for a New Year’s Six spot. It’s difficult to envisage them falling back from their current ninth place in the College Football Playoff rankings even if Louisville, Iowa, and Oklahoma State all caused “Championship Weekend” upsets.”

Total count: Cotton (7), Peach (4), Fiesta (1)

My prediction: Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs Penn State

We’ll find out officially on Sunday. Be sure to tune into the ESPN Selection Show at 11:00 a.m. CST.

Poll

What opponent do you want to see in Mizzou’s bowl game?

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  • 55%
    Penn State
    (303 votes)
  • 18%
    Texas
    (103 votes)
  • 5%
    G5 Team (Tulane or SMU)
    (30 votes)
  • 20%
    Other (Washington, Ohio State, FSU, etc)
    (109 votes)
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